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Over the past few years, Flyers All-Starz has been dominating at The Cheerleading Worlds claiming seven World Championship titles for a total of 18 globes. Last summer we announced that their Ottawa location was starting their first World's team, Rise, in the International Open Level 5 division.
Rise had an incredible season placing 2nd out of eight at their first-ever bid competition. The talented team upgraded and hit solid routines at each and every performance and competition this season.
We were bummed we didn't get the chance to see Rise make their debut on the World's stage but we are happy to announce that the Flyers All-Starz Ottawa location will actually have two worlds teams this season!
Flyers All-Starz Ottawa is set to take on the International Open Small Coed Level 5 division with the team name ROYAL and SPARK will be competing in the International Open Non Tumbling Level 6 division.
"ROYAL is a small tribute to our new F.A.mily members from Royalty Elite, who we merged with at the end of last season," shared Coach & Gym Manager, Kelly Nightingale. "ROYAL is a team that contains so much talent that there was no other name to describe them, other than for the Kings and Queens that they are."
"SPARK was named so because it is a brand new division at our gym. We know that with a team of this many talented stunters, they will do just that! We will actually have two first-time non-tumble divisions in Ottawa this season, Level 6 and Level 2," Nightingale explained.
"Sometimes all you need is a SPARK to ignite something big."
As with all gyms and teams, COVID-19 took Flyers All-Starz by surprise and has forced them to start the new season a little different than they had planned.
When the season was officially canceled, the program held many virtual classes for their members through the end of June. These classes included conditioning, flexibility, even some tumbling drills. Luckily, by late June they were allowed to reopen.
"We reopened for some private lessons and small group training," she shared. "We are just about to return to full team training next week, even though we are still unable to stunt. We will continue to use different types of drills and materials to simulate stunting while physical distancing until we are allowed."
"Our athletes and coaches have worked hard to maintain a safe, healthy gym because we all want to stay safe but stay training as well."
Nightingale said her goal for the upcoming season is for her athletes to train their hardest in practices and hit clean, sharp routines at competitions.
"We just want them to be proud of everything they put out on the floor," she added. "We don't know what changes this season will bring with COVID-19, but we have witnessed our athlete's resilience and determination and know they will adapt and do what they need to do to be successful in both of their respective divisions."
Flyers All-Starz Ottawa still has a couple remaining spots on both of their Worlds teams and they ae still accepting new athletes that are willing to be part of their program. Be sure to visit http://flyerscheerleading.net/ for more information.