Women show age is no barrier to cheerleading

A GROUP of cheerleaders with an average age of 40 showed the youngsters how it’s done when they recorded the top score in a competition.

Bromley Heath-based pom dance club Bristol Starlight, which has members from across the Downend and Emersons Green areas, sent four teams to their first contest of the year at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire in April – a Teenies squad whose youngest member was six, Junior A, Junior B and, for the first time, a Masters squad.

Head coach Deb Denny said: “It was our first competition of the year, and the first competition ever for my Masters team, with an average age of 40 years – most of whom hadn’t done cheerleading before the end of last year.

“Not only did they come first in their category but they had the overall highest score, beating all the much younger groups! It was a wonderful performance.”

Three of the teams won their age categories and the fourth came second.

Deb added: “Amazingly our Masters had the highest overall score, so were the champions of the whole event, beating 44 other teams.

“Not bad for a group of 14 women, many of whom had only started coming to my monthly adult classes at the end of 2022!

“Many of the team took part as their daughters were competing.

“It was such an amazing day and so great to see such a range of ages enjoying pom dance.”