Cheerleads nationwide vie for World’s Champion title
Serena Turner ‘23
The Cheerleading World’s took place on Ma y 8-10, allowing All-Star cheerleaders from
all over the country to compete for the title of the World’s champion.
World’s takes place annually in Riverview’s home state, Florida. Every year,
cheerleaders go to ESPN’s International Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, to
show off routines that the athletes train for all year. It also known to be one of the
biggest cheer competitions in the US. due Although, because of COVID-19 World’s in
2020 was cancelled, this year the event returned.
The competition consists of three rounds and multiple divisions. The rounds include
prelims, semifinals and finals. Cheer teams must reach a certain score in order to
advance rounds. Divisions are also based on team size and each round’s level of
Cheerleading is scored based on the athlete’s ability to stunt, jump and tumble, as well
as the use of synchronization. Cheerleaders have certain requirements to meet in order
to obtain points which contribute to their final score. Safety deductions may also be
taken off if a flyer hits the floor or someone crosses the boundaries.
One of Riverview’s tenth grade students, Anden Arnold, had the opportunity to
participate in the competition with her team, Evo Athletics.
“Going to Worlds was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it was incredible to be able to
perform in one of the biggest cheerleading competitions,” Arnold said.
Arnold also goes on to describe World’s as a team-bonding experience. She and her
teammates went to Disney World after the competition.
Safety measures also took place during the 2021 World’s as people remained socially
distanced and the venue was frequently sanitized. Also, with COVID this year’s
competition was restricted to cheerleaders in the US.