12 year-old Emily first started cheerleading aged 6, and now trains for four hours per week with Salford-based cheerleading club Red Hot Flames. After doing exceptionally well in UK-based competitions, Emily was delighted when her and the youth pom team, ‘Wildfire’ were selected to represent the UK at the US finals in Pensacola, Florida in April 2016.
Emily and her mum Janine were determined to ensure the cost of the trip wouldn’t stand in the way of this opportunity for Emily to both perform internationally and meet other cheerleaders from around the world. As well as participating in fundraising activities with the rest of the team, Emily raised an impressive £461 in a short space of time through taking part in a sponsored colour run obstacle course, and selling her video games and other possessions to a second hand shop. So when Emily’s mum contacted the Trust, we were impressed by Emily’s dedication and talent, and she was awarded a grant to cover the remainder of the trip costs, her uniform and competition entry fees.
Emily’s dreams came true when Wildfire came 1st in their division scoring 92.92 out of 100! Following their victory, the team have been entered into the ‘Champions Challenge’, a competition between the 6 US States involved - the highest scoring team of each division will then be crowned grand champions on top of division winner!
Janine, Emily’s mum said “I can’t thank the Trust enough for helping towards Emily competing to represent the UK in such a high standard competition. It has been an amazing experience, and such an achievement at a very young age”.