Today kicks off a big weekend in Calgary as some of the top Canadian all star teams face off for titles and bids at the 2019 Pac Battle Of Champions.
Vancouver All Stars is set to bring two of their Worlds level teams to compete at the championship, Ice Queens & BlackOut.
Ice Queens attended Pac Battle in 2018 for the first time and won their paid bid to The Cheerleading Worlds. BlackOut is attending the event for the first time ever to compete in the International Open All Girl Level 6 division.
The Canadian program has had a strong start to their season, and they are hoping to keep the momentum up with two solid days of routines.
“Four of our teams have already secured Summit Bids and two of our Worlds team have earned bids,” explained VAS Coach, Liz Gigante Ulrich. “We have a 3rd Worlds Team (Large Coed L6 Black Ice) competing back home for a Bid this same weekend and our 4th one is a Non-Tumbling team of former Ice Queens and Worlds Athletes and they'll be going for a bid at the last event of the season for next year.”
So far, every VAS team has placed in the top 3 at every competition they have attended this season.
This year in an effort to make the transition between Vancouver All Stars and Team Canada more seamless for their athletes, the Ice Queens have made the switch to the new International Global division.
Be prepared see to sharp signs and excellent crowd leading in addition to the already creative choreography the Ice Queens are known for.
As for BlackOut, get ready to be blown away by their talent.
“BlackOut has been the biggest surprise at events thus far. We really worked hard at setting both All Girl Worlds teams up for success ensuring that both teams had the ability to succeed on all aspects of the scoresheet, including tumbling.”
“Their routine is fun and they can HIT motions and dance work and JUMP like champs. Their stunts and pyramids are fantastic, and we hope to make our mark at this event,” Ulrich added.
There are a total of seven Worlds teams in the entire Province of BC. Four of those teams come from Vancouver All Stars. So, traveling to the 2019 Pac Battle Of Champions is critical in gaining competition experience for their athletes.
“We need to travel to be exposed to more teams and compete in high-pressure situations and compete against other top contenders so that we learn how to handle pressure. Worlds shouldn't be the first time we experience the pressure of deep divisions and having to hit.”
“It also allows us to support a Canadian Event and our friends at ATC who have worked so hard to bring quality events to our Country,” Ulrich added.