Local gymnasts go for gold in Orlando
Sharylyn Long and Caitlyn Mahon of Ojai are part of the all-star
cheerleading team, Club Cheer Twisters, of Ventura. This junior
all-star team, which consists of girls from elementary school
age to ninth grade, began their competition season last November
by winning first place at Raging Waters.
Since then they have been competing
all over California and Nevada, most recently in Anaheim at the
USA Nationals Cheer and Dance event. The team will end their
winning season with a trip to Orlando, Fla. for the Cheerleaders
of America National Championship on Easter weekend.
Mahon is enjoying her first year with Twisters trying out and
making the team with only one year's experience on a local cheerleading
squad, the Ojai Eagles. Learning to tumble in only a few short
months, she has proven herself a worthy competitor. Since she
began the all star team, she has mastered her tumbling skills,
showing great determination and commitment.
Long is a third-year veteran of the Twisters and had the opportunity
this year to compete against other cheerleaders in an individual
category. Also getting her start with Ojai Eagles, Long has done
well, bringing home several trophies, including a first place
from Cheerleaders of America in Las Vegas, and second place from
America's Best National Championship in Pasadena. She is especially
excited about competing with the team, as well as individually,
this weekend in Florida.
In order to compete in this national competition in Orlando,
the Twisters had to first qualify at a local regional competition
in San Diego County where they also took first place. After the
nationals, this season will be complete.
The tryout clinic for all ages for next season will be held at
Gold Coast Gymnastics April 29 and May 1.
The Twisters will be having many squads this year for all ages
and all levels of experience.
For more information call 656-2825.
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