Nominated for Sport award
Team Wales Adaptive Abilities Cheer is a team of disabled and non-disabled athletes who work together to compete at the World Cheer Championships. The aim of the team is to increase disability participation in the sport of cheerleading. Including stunting and tumbling, the high intensity routine requires adaptations to account for disability, but fulfils the requirements of a competitive routine. Alongside this, Team Wales Adaptive Abilities Freestyle Pom team concentrates on dance elements to increase participation amongst disabled athletes.
Starting their journey as a team only in October 2018, Team Wales Adaptive Abilities Cheer worked exceptionally hard to achieve their dreams. Including 40% disabled athletes, the team was comprised of athletes eligible for the World Championships, who worked with people who had never taken part in cheerleading before, to field the first Welsh Adaptive Abilities (Paracheer) Cheer team.
With athletes and coaches coming from all across Wales, the first Adaptive Abilities Team was formed. Rehearsing together only once a month, they had to push themselves extremely hard to achieve their goal of competing at the International Cheer Union World Championships.
In April 2019, Team Wales attended the World Championships in Florida and won a silver medal.
The team were delighted to have the support and congratulations of the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, and enjoyed a visit to the Senedd to meet him during the summer.