Cheerleading: the fastest growing sport in the world | video

Star struck: Eight year old Scout Hodgson soaking up the atmosphere at the Cheerleading nationals. Photo: supplied
Star struck: Eight year old Scout Hodgson soaking up the atmosphere at the Cheerleading nationals. Photo: supplied

The fastest growing sport in the world is coming to Port Macquarie.

Cheerleading is much more than poms poms and half time entertainment at the football; it’s a hybrid of dynamic gymnastics and dance with lots of tumbling and flipping, human pyramids and throwing people in the air.

Such is the growing trend, Cheerleading is the latest sport added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, says Port Macquarie Cheerleading mum Brooke Hodgson.

A series of come and try events will be held in Port Macquarie in early December, with one of the sessions already booked out.

Mrs Hodgson said the Cheerleading scene was reasonably established in Sydney and was continuing to expand to the regional centres.

“When we moved from Sydney in 2016, we were on the hunt for a Cheerleading school for my daughter Scout,” she said.

“Scout had just finished her first year of Cheerleading on a high with her team winning second place at Nationals held on the Gold Coast.

“At that stage, we had to travel to Taree PCYC because there was nothing here in Port Macquarie.”

Mrs Hodgson said it was while they were in Taree that they met Courtney Longa, a head coach.

Such is the growing trend, Cheerleading is the latest sport added to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Brooke Hodgson

“We met some amazing coaches who wanted to share a genuine love for the sport. Sadly there was not a competitive team for Scout to join due to her age. We considered joining a non-competitive class, but decided against it.

“However Courtney agreed to keep in contact and see what she could do about bringing Cheerleading to Port Macquarie.”

Mrs Hodgson said Courtney has now started a competitive All Star Cheerleading club called First State AllStars. The club offers competitive and non-competitive cheerleading classes as well as tumbling classes for kids of all ages and all abilities.

“All the coaches are fully accredited by the Australian All Star Cheerlerading Foundation,” Mrs Hodgson said.

The come and try dates are, Sunday December 3, tumbling – 1pm until 1.45pm and Cheerleading – 2pm until 4pm, which has already sold out. Sunday December 10, tumbling – noon until 12.45pm and Cheerleading – 2pm until 4pm.

Team placement and registration day is Sunday January 7 from 2pm until 4pm.

Classes will be held on Sundays in the Industrial Area and are $5 per class – but anyone wanting to attend must register by emailing fsallstars@outlook.com​