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Silver Medal for Becky Kinniburgh

Year 11 pupil Rebecca Kinniburgh represented the Great Britain Rising Stars program competing in the Cheersport National Championships 2018 held in Atlanta, GA in the United States. The Nova team achieved second place winning silver.

Rebecca is a member of the international team Nova representing the UK Cheer Rising Stars. Cheersport is one of the biggest competitions in the world so the result is fantastic. Rebecca trained solidly for 6 days a week for seven months and was determined to be successful.

Well done Rebecca, Moorside High School is very proud of you!

Please read Rory Jones, the team Coach’s overview of the competition.

Cheersport 2018, the actual competition. We warmed up Friday night and we had our hiccups and difficulties, my girls fixed them, like they do. They responded and made the change as we went into Saturday. Performance 1 was a 0 with room for improvement, an impressive 92.3 and a 5th place in a division of 9. I was already over the moon with them, out of breath with sore hands, but over the moon.  We reviewed our score-sheet and decided we could get 0.8 more points to bump our day 2 score.

We would be able to push to a 93.1, chasing 3rd place. In a competition we were told is notoriously hard to even move rankings we decided top 3 was still in sight. Day 2 rolled round and warm up could be considered….not great for lack of a better phrase. Everybody knew their jobs and roles but it was a stressful and un-dynamic session. Warm up done we were the first RS team on and ready for the challenge. My girls ready to take that stage one last time and prove that we can roll with the American teams, the big names. They killed it. Tore it to pieces. Nailed it. Smashed it. Hit it out of the park…Call it what you want, they took every single bit of feedback from the score sheet on day 1 and changed it. Stunts executed better, pyramid executed better tumbles executed better, jumps done with even better sync, dance (a brand new one from Wednesday) sold to high heaven. The energy was incredible and unbelievable and I couldn’t be prouder, the definition of a day 2 performance…better in every single way possible, it was also another big fat 0. Just had to wait for results. 

Results in A2. Called up, sat down and got ready to wait. 9,8,7,6,5, at this point big matt grabbed me and held me down lol. 4th was called and it wasn’t us, wasn’t  really sure what to do, kind of didn’t believe it, thought…great we’ve done it.

3rd called and it wasn’t us, legs went weak for a second. 

2nd – All the way from Bramhall (pronounced wrong of course) England, The Rising Stars Nova. I cried, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I cried like a little girl. Everyone on stage thought we were so weird for going so absolutely mad for 2nd place lol but none of us cared. 2nd place at one of the biggest National competitions in America. 2nd place from 5th place when we got told realistically you won’t change position. 2nd place by a margin you wouldn’t believe. My girls went from 92.3 to 94.2, 1.9 POINTS more on a score sheet that works in 0.01 margins.