By James Lloyd
Cardiff University’s cheerleaders have stormed to the most successful competition results in their history, scooping two out of a possible five Grand Champion Awards at the recent Future Cheer contest in Birmingham.
The Cardiff Snakecharmers attended the Future Cheer University Nationals at the Genting Arena, Birmingham, last weekend. 73 universities from all corners of the United Kingdom competed at the event in a bid to pick up national titles. And with five ‘Grand Champion’ titles on offer, the Snakecharmers won an impressive two titles courtesy of the Toxin team and the Venom team.
The competition spanned across both the Saturday and the Sunday with the dance teams and group stunt teams competing on day one and the “teams” on day two. The Cardiff Snakecarmers Toxin team, coached by Robyn Anderson took the competition by storm blitzing to the title in the Hip-Hop category. Things got better for Anderson and Co. who, out of a staggering 48 teams, were crowned ‘Grand Champions’ which covered teams from the Hip-Hop, Jazz and Pom categories.
The group stunt teams, coached by Sasha Betty, also competed on the Saturday and were crowned winners of the All-Girl Level Four contest, as well as winners of the All-Girl Level Five contest. Out of 21 teams, the All-Girl Level Two team finished in a respectable 8th place.
Moving onto the Sunday and things got even better for the Snakecharmers. Poison, secured a historic first place following their win in the All-Girl Level Two contest. It’s the first time in Snakecharmers’ history that the Poison team have placed first.
The Venom team were also crowned ‘Grand Champions’ for Level Three and Four mixed teams. Carly Rosselli and Georgie Rule coached Venom and the pair now have their sights firmly set on the ICC competition in Nottingham on 20th March.
Coach Rosselli expressed her delight at the Snakecharmers’ historic success, saying: “I’m extremely proud of all of the members of the club. We’ve really put Cardiff Snakecharmers on the map as one of the teams to beat in terms of university cheer”.
She added: “I think what worked well for all of the teams this year is that we went into the competition with the mentality that we were aiming high and all had our sights on first place. Everybody stepped on the mat knowing exactly what their job was and worked incredibly hard to fulfil it”.
Despite Cardiff’s success, it came as a bit of a shock to the team, Rosselli said: “We obviously wanted to do well at competition and had our hopes on all 3 teams placing at least top 3 – however nobody expected it to go this well. I still don’t think it’s sunk in”.
The Snakecharmers now have just under a month to prepare for the International Cheer Competition in Nottingham. “For ICC were making our routines Harder and going to spend the next few weeks perfecting our new routines and hopefully aiming to repeat the success of our last comp”, Rosselli added.