Two days in a row, on November 24 and 25, residents of Zaporozhye witnessed a truly grandiose show. Palace of Sports “Youth” hosted the 15th anniversary Cheerleading Cup of Ukraine. These competitions were held in Zaporozhye for the first time, but the scope of the tournament is impressive. The Cup was organized by the Zaporizhzhya Regional Cheerleading Federation, led by its president and trainer of the support group of HC “MOTOR”, Inna Gunko.
The competition started with the performance of participants in the 5-8 year category. And after lunch, the grand opening of the XV Cup of Ukraine in cheerleading took place. The opening ceremony was attended by distinguished guests – Honorary President of the Cheerleading Federation Yuriy Pavlenko, President of the All-Ukrainian Federation of Cheerleading Support Groups for Sports Teams Yuriy Krykun and head coach of the Ukrainian national cheerleading team Anna Andrienko. As well as winners and prize winners of the World and European Cheerleading Championships. At the opening of the competition, the president of the regional cheerleading federation, Inna Gunko, was also noted. Yuriy Pavlenko handed the coach a certificate of a national category judge and a commemorative badge of the anniversary 15th Cup of Ukraine.
The fact that it is Zaporizhia that will host the XV Cup of Ukraine in cheerleading, it became clear in August. It is a great honor for our city, the organizers share. Athletes competed in two directions – cher and dance. Zaporozhye was declared only in the second, ”says Inna Gunko, president of the regional cheerleading federation,“ both team and personal offsets were presented here. Our city at the Ukrainian Cup was represented by more than fifty athletes – these are pupils of Motor Sich Sports Complex. For the Cup of Ukraine medals, the cheerleaders argued in team disciplines, as well as in the sections duets, solo performances and quartets.
Athletes competed in five age categories – 5-8 years old, 8-12 years old, 12-14 years old, 14+ and even several teams were represented in the 25+ category. She appeared with us quite recently – two years ago. Senior athletes performed on the second day of the competition. Judges were evaluated on a one-hundred-point scale. During performances, 10 points are taken into account, for each cheerleader he could earn a maximum of 10 points. ”
For two days of the tournament, about two thousand athletes from 11 regions of Ukraine and the city of Kiev took part in the competition. According to the organizers, there could have been more participants. Representatives of the youngest age group, 3-5 years old, did not perform at this tournament. The panel of judges included 16 judges of the international category.
Following the results of the Cup of Ukraine, a national team will be formed to participate in the World Cup in the USA and the European Championship in Italy.
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