Volume 90, Issue 91

Tuesday, March 18, 1997

Golden Mean


Cheerleading success legit?

Re: Western cheerleading

To the Editor:

I have read a number of articles about the Western cheerleaders and their success. I think the athletes are incredibly strong and dedicated.

However, I believe there is a necessary clarification to be made. To my knowledge, the sport of cheerleading is not qualified as a sport in the NCAA. For this reason, cheerleading in the United States is represented by two other organizations. These include the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) and the Universal Cheerleading Association (UCA). Both of these associations conduct national championships not in association with the NCAA. In order to compete in these competitions, teams must qualify early in the year through camps offered by associations. In 1993, I attended the NCA national championships in Dallas, Texas and watched some extremely superior teams. Western cheerleaders are by far the best trained in Canada, but the competition by U.S. teams, such as Oklahoma State and Nebraska, far outweigh the stunts, tosses and tumbling that Western has risen to.

Michelle Smith
Linguistics III

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