Story and Photos by Joel Belizario (ISN)
March 21, 2013, Edmonton, Alberta (ISN) – Teams from Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba gathered at West Edmonton Mall from March 8-10th to compete in the Alberta Cheerleading Association’s 11th Annual Total Spirit Cheerleading Championships.
It was the largest competition yet with over 200 teams participating. The championships consisted of 10 different events and over 50 divisions throughout the weekend. The Alberta Cheerleading Association, or ACA, recognizes 12 distinct level sets spread across the divisions and are separated by age or grade, team size, and composition.
Cheerleaders from Johnny Bright dance during a break at the ACA Total Spirit Cheeleading Championships – Photo by Joel Belizario (ISN)
A member of the Parkview cheer team is caught by her teammates at the ACA Total Spirit Cheeleading Championships – Photo by Joel Belizario (ISN)
The Ottewell cheer team perform their routine at the ACA Total Spirit Championships. The team would place 1st in their division, making it their 4th consecutive win in as many competitions – Photo by Joel Belizario (ISN)
The Christ the King cheer team performs their routine during the ACA Total Spirit Championships. The team was awarded the Spirit Stick award for sportsmanship – Photo by Joel Belizario (ISN)
The Esther Starkman cheer team rehearses prior to their performance at the ACA Total Spirit Cheerleading Championships – Photo by Joel Belizario (ISN)
The Grasslands cheer team performs at the ACA Total Spirit Cheeleading Championships – Photo by Joel Belizario (ISN)
This is the only competition in Alberta that awards bids to the Cheerleading and Dance Worlds championship. This year’s edition will be held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida from April 27-28th. The two winners of the bids were Alberta Cheer Empire’s All Girl Level 6 team (partially paid) and the Perfect Storm Co-ed Level 6 team.
Full results from the competition can be found on the ACA’s website at albertacheerleading.ca.