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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.