“Now 125 countries take their efforts in developing cheerleading in the world. There is a cheerleading teams in almost every foreign school. In Belarus, this activity is also underway. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education there was established a “School League” with 20 sports teams involved. The upcoming week promises to be full of activities aimed at establishing fruitful cooperation with the foreign partners, ” noted by Oleg Yazvin, the Chairman of the Belarusian Cheerleading Federation.
The chief instructor of the World Cheerleading Association, Derron Forrest, also attended the press briefing and highlighted the progress of the Belarusian representatives in this field.
“I strongly support cheerleading field in your country. Belarusian coaches and athletes are willing to develop, they have already achieved strong results (two medals at the European Championship - silver and bronze), which I really like about - it helps us move forward together. The idea of the project emerged last year. We have prepared several educational courses that will help us level up Belarusian athletes. Through sports we invest in youth together, ” Derron Forrest said.
During November 1-7 Belarusian teams will take part in master classes conducted by Derron Forrest (from the USA), as well as Maria Maki (from Finland) - the World Championship bronze medalist in "freestyle pom team" and the coach of the Finland national team. Classes will be held in Minsk, Mozyr, Gomel and Grodno. The program also include the international cheerleading festival “Cheer Spirit Fest” which will take place in Minsk on November, 3 to bring together athletes from Belarus and Russia.
Cheerleading is a team sport which require strong coordination abilities, consisting of gymnastic, acrobatic and dance elements, including pyramids, stunts and basket tosses. We also want to recall that cheerleading has been recognized as an official sport in Belarus since 2017, and temporarily recognized by the National Olympic Committee as well.