A decade after she took up the sport, a Cumbrian student is travelling to the U.S. to join the England squad competing in the Cheerleading World Cup championships.
Daniela Dawkins from Brampton is a first year BA Physical Education student at the University of Cumbria and manages to combine her studies with a part-time job and gruelling fitness regime which dispels the myth that the sport is low impact.
“Every other weekend I train in Stockport but work out in the gym here two or three times a week,” Daniela said. “It’s the social side as much as the fitness I enjoy but it’s certainly more than just waving pom poms.”
Team England came third in the championships last year and hopes are high for a successful campaign in 2017. Daniele and her team mates leave for training in Atlanta before travelling to Orlando where the event is due to be held in the famous ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando where 9000 cheer and 3500 dance athletes will compete for world champion titles in senior and international club divisions and categories.
“Daniela is already making an impression at the university sports centre assisting with teaching gymnastics as part of her module,” Andy Keir deputy manager at the University of Cumbria’s Carlisle sports centre said. “We wish her well and look forward to celebrating when she returns.”