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Club Focus: Odyssey Cheer Academy

Welcome back to Club Focus, our blog dedicated to celebrating those who keep the sport of gymnastics thriving. This month, we're excited to introduce Odyssey Cheer Academy - a club that inspires and empowers individuals of all ages and backgrounds through the dynamic sport of cheerleading.

  1. How did your club start? 

Odyssey Cheer Academy was born out of a passion for cheerleading and a desire to make the sport more accessible within our community. As a not-for-profit organisation, our primary goal was to provide a platform for individuals of all ages and backgrounds to participate in cheerleading, regardless of their athletic ability or financial means.

The idea for the club originated from a need for a cheerleading program in the Mid North Coast region. Recognising the positive impact that cheerleading can have on individuals, both physically and mentally, we set out to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where athletes could learn, grow, and thrive.

With the support of local volunteers, sponsors, and community members, we officially launched Odyssey Cheer Academy earlier this year. Since then, we have been dedicated to promoting the sport of cheerleading and fostering a sense of teamwork, discipline, and camaraderie among our members.

  1. How many kids do you train and what skills? 
We are thrilled to have nearly 80 athletes enrolled this year, with our numbers steadily growing through positive word of mouth within the community.
Our program caters to individuals of all ages and skill levels, offering comprehensive training in cheerleading fundamentals such as tumbling, stunting, jumps, dance, and cheer routines.
We focus on providing a supportive and inclusive environment where athletes can develop their skills, build confidence, and foster a love for the sport. Additionally, we offer recreational tumbling classes for those interested specifically in tumbling skills.
  1. Do you have any special needs programs? 

While we don’t have a dedicated class specifically tailored for special needs individuals, inclusivity and support are fundamental values of our program. We strive to create an environment that is welcoming and accommodating to athletes of all abilities.

  1. What’s your club’s vision statement? 

To inspire and empower individuals of all ages and backgrounds through the sport of cheerleading. We strive to foster a positive and inclusive environment where athletes can develop their skills, build confidence, and forge lifelong friendships.

  1. What are some of the objectives of your program? 

One of the primary objectives of our program at Odyssey Cheer Academy is to foster growth, both in terms of the number of athletes we serve and the opportunities we provide.

Additionally, we aim to create an environment where financial barriers do not hinder participation. To achieve this, one of our key objectives is to establish scholarship opportunities for individuals who may not have the financial means to participate in cheerleading otherwise. By offering scholarships, we aim to ensure that cheerleading is accessible to all members of our community, regardless of their economic circumstances. Through these efforts, we strive to promote inclusivity, diversity, and equal access to the benefits of cheerleading.

  1. What are you most proud of with your club? 
What we’re most proud of is the sense of family and community we’ve cultivated within our club. Witnessing the transformation of our athletes, seeing them blossom into confident individuals, and forging lifelong friendships fills us with immense pride.
Our club isn’t just about cheerleading; it’s about creating a supportive environment where every member feels valued, respected, and empowered to be their best selves. The bonds that our athletes form extend beyond the gym, creating lasting memories. Knowing that we’ve played a role in fostering such meaningful connections and personal growth is what makes us truly proud of our club.
  1. Why do you think your club is important to families and your community?

We provide a positive and structured outlet for children and young adults to channel their energy and passions. Through our cheerleading program, we instil values of discipline, teamwork, and perseverance, which are invaluable skills that extend beyond the gym and into various aspects of life.

Odyssey is more than just a cheerleading club; we are a vital part of our community fabric. We provide a safe and welcoming space for individuals to grow, connect, and thrive, making a positive impact on families and our community as a whole.

 

  1. What piece of advice would you give to a gymnast/student?

My advice would be to never give up, even when faced with challenges or setbacks. I have a saying that I use frequently at training; “It’s not that you CAN’T do it – you just haven’t mastered it yet.” This mindset is essential for growth and progress.

Learning new skills takes time and patience. Be persistent in your efforts, stay determined, and maintain a positive attitude even when things get tough. Every stumble or failure is an opportunity to learn and improve. Trust in your abilities and believe in your potential to overcome obstacles.

Learn more about Odyssey Cheer Academy by visiting their webpage or Instagram! 

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