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Firestorm burns bright

The Okanagan Firestorm Cheerleading Team brought their "A" game to the Feel the Power Championships in Vancouver this past weekend.

“It was definitely a historic day for our teams,” says program co-owner Pete Parrotta. “These are the type of results we often see nearer the end of our season, so to hit top 3 with every team at only our second time out this year, we see big things on the horizon!”

The Okanagan Firestorm Cheerleading team took home top 3 finishes at 7 divisions at the Feel the Power Championships.

The Firestorm entered  7 teams, ranging in age from 5-18. The program, sponsored by Big White Ski Resort, is off to a great start to the season, “it was completely unexpected,” says gym owner and director Nikki Parrotta. “ We have an amazing team of coaches who have worked tirelessly to learn the new scoring system since cheer became a recognized Canadian sport this past year."

The competition drew teams from across B.C. and Washington. Routines comprised of dance, tumbling, jumps and stunts/pyramids.

The Mini Flames (ages 5-8) finished second; youth Heat (ages 7-11) took home top spot in a division of 5 teams. Senior 1 Wildfire (ages 11-16) placed 3rd of 5 in one of the toughest divisions.
The Junior Spitfire (ages 8-12), finished second.
Senior 3 Hot Shots and Senior 2 Sirens (ages 11-18) brought home 1st place in both of their divisions as well.

The day also marked the debut of Okanagan Firestorm’s first International Junior team, Intensity, who secured the highest score of the day for the program and took home 2nd place with one of the top 4 scores of the competition.

The International team will travel south this week to face teams from the US, Canada, Trinidad and Columbia at the UCA International Allstar Championships, while the competitive teams continue training and gearing up towards their next competition, The Sea to Sky International Championships in Vancouver April 6-8th.



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