November 26, 2005
The Gorge Storm All-star competitive cheerleading team started a few months ago with the help former stunt-man and cheerleading and gymnastics coach Jacob Brasuell. The team currently consists of about 15 high school boys and girls who train two nights a week at the Hood River Sports Club.
All-star competitive cheerleading is a mix of dance, stunts, tumbling and acrobatic routines, scored for points by several mat-side judges. Competitions are held year round across the country. The Gorge Storm, which will enter the high school co-ed division, is training for its first competition in January: the Nike Classic.
The sport is distinctly different from high school cheerleading in that there is no vocal element and the focus is on acrobatics and stunts, not cheering.
“It’s not like the high school pep, popularity cheering,” said Brasuell. “It’s about training hard, strengthening, working on all-around dance, tumbling and stunting and showing it off in competition.”
According to Brasuell The Gorge Storm is always open and encouraging to new members. Anyone interested in joining is encouraged to attend a practice session and see what the sport is about. Sports Club membership is not required.