The University of Windsor has moved to an “essential service only” model. Learn More.

Women’s studies instructor taking cheerleading team to new heights

Cheerleading is not about standing on the sidelines, says a UWindsor women’s studies instructor.

“Competitive cheerleading has developed into an active sport that combines gymnastics and athletics,” says Cheryl McCurdy-Ducre. “It is very empowering.”

Founder of the Northstar Cheer program, she will accompany a senior all-girl team to Virginia Beach for a US finals competition May 5 and 6. Members of the Northstar Freez won paid entrance to the competition, but must still cover travel expenses.

“We’re very excited about this opportunity,” McCurdy-Ducre says. “Without the support of the community for our fundraising endeavours, we would not be in a position to go.”

The event will be webcast on CheerLive.net. Her team is scheduled to compete between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 6.

Altogether, Northstar Cheer boasts more than 100 athletes on seven competitive teams. Following a recent move to a larger location, McCurdty-Ducre hopes to add a special needs program.