The University of Victoria Vikes Cheer Club has a lot to celebrate this week after recently breaking through tough competition and winning gold at the University World Cup Cheerleading Championships in Orlando Florida.
On Sunday, January 15th, the Vikes Cheer squad competed against six other countries, achieving a great feat of a zero deduction routine.
This perfect performance awarded them first place in the Premiere All-Girl Nations Cup for the first time since the club’s inception in 2011, solidifying the squad as a fierce competitor.
Topping off their accomplishments, the team also won the Nations Cup, an accomplishment awarded to the highest scoring team out of the 15 clubs competing on the world stage.
“To us, this win is a compilation of many, many years in the making, plus a team full of athletes who are willing to put in the work to bring it home paired with a sprinkle of what we like to call ‘the Vikes way’,” said Kate Bell, UVic’s cheer head coach said on social media.
With half of the season remaining, the 24 athletes have a lot to look forward to. As for the mindset of the team going into 2023, this is just one milestone on the road to many more.
“We are on cloud nine, but the work doesn’t stop here! We’re ready to keep pushing and keep climbing for the remainder of our season and onwards,” said the Vikes Cheer squad on Instagram.
Back in BC, the squad currently holds a five year win streak over teams across the province.
The Vikes cheer team is part of the university’s competitive clubs program which is open to all eligible UVic students.
Each year, upwards of 100 student-athletes try out for the team, and while the team’s primary goal is competition, there is no cheer history or previous experience required.