Lydia Jose, from Pegasus Group’s East Midlands office is travelling to Florida to compete in the cheerleading world championships.
Lydia Jose, from Castle Donington, is a member of the East Midlands Cheerleading Academy and one of a number of UK teams in the Level 5 category selected for the finals being held in Orlando from April 28-30. Just three UK teams go through to the final.
The international event brings together more than 11,000 cheerleaders to vie for world champion titles in senior and international club divisions and categories. The first Cheerleading Worlds was held in 2004.
Lydia, a Graduate Urban Designer with Pegasus Group and based in the East Midlands office, said: “We are thrilled to have made it through to Worlds, and cannot wait.
“We have one more competition before we go, but our routine is completed and I think we’re looking good. We’re not putting too much pressure on ourselves, we just want to go out there and do our best.”
Cheerleading is one of the fastest growing female sports in the UK, and Lydia began her cheer career while at the University of Brighton.
“I’d done ballet from the age of three,” she said, “and some rhythmic gymnastics, but took up cheerleading at university. By the time I left I was hooked.”
EMCA has more than 200 girls and boys with members aged from five upwards.
Lydia’s 19-strong team travelling to Florida is made of four stunt groups – of which she is a backbase – and they also incorporate tumbling, dance and choreography in their routines. They train for around six hours a week.
She said: “Everyone at work has been really supportive and very enthusiastic including Executive Director, Guy Longley from my office in the East Midlands who suggested we should go public!”
Good luck to all!