My Memories As a Cheer Mom

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Over the course of my daughter’s all star cheer career I have been right beside her, through the good times and the bad. In her thirteen years as an all star cheerleader there have been so many memories that were made that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

My favorite special memory was when Cayce tumbled for the first time in a competition. Shortly after she started all star cheerleading she was at a tumbling private and started throwing her back hand spring by herself. I was so proud of her for accomplishing that! However, the more she did, the more she turned her have in. Her tumbling coach assured me that she would eventually correct that on her own. Well, during that same practice she broke her arm in two places. She had her hand turned really far and the pressure of her body weight somehow caused the breaks. She stood up, looked at me and told her coach and me “hey look I broke my arm“. No tears, no fear, she just matter of factly made the statement. The tumbling coach told her she didn’t break it, that she was fine, but then she lifted up her arm and showed him.

Sure enough it was very obvious it was indeed broken. The gym owner thought Cayce was in shock because she was so calm and not feeling any pain but we soon learned she just has an extremely high pain tolerance. After her 9 weeks in a cast she started back cheering and tumbling but would not throw a back hand spring. In her mind she thought if she didn’t put her hand down, her arm couldn’t break again. Well that was the start of an 18 month mental block. She begged her tumbling coach to let her work on a round off tuck and he kept refusing because he wanted her to master her tumbling in progression. She eventually wore him down and let her work on it. She picked it up so easy, we were so ecstatic! Her first competition she was in running tumbling was to throw a round off tuck at of all places Cheersport where the pressure to perform clean is a given. I was front center, right in front of where she would be tumbling, cheering her on. When it was time for her to throw it I felt like time stood still. I yelled and screamed for her and she did it! When she landed she had the biggest smile ever on her face. I was so overjoyed and proud of her.

At that point we both knew the days of her tumbling block were over. The next week she went back into the gym and started throwing her back handspring! That’s all she needed was that one boost of confidence to prove to her that she could do anything she set her mind to.

My second favorite memory would have to be when she was on Orlando All Stars Angels and they received third place at NCA Dallas in 2010. The team had worked so hard all season and was on a mission to make a name for Orlando All Stars. It was the first year of the Angels and they competed in the highly competitive small senior five division. I’ll never forget when they were announced at top ten, then top five, and especially when they announced top three to come to the center of the mat. That same year they also received fifth place at Cheerleading Worlds, which is another special memory I will always hold near and dear to my heart.

My last favorite memory of Cayce’s all star cheerleading years was when Orlando All Star Angels won first place at Cheersport and received a full paid bid to the Cheerleading Worlds. It’s ironic how Cheersport was where Cayce tumbled for the first time ever in a competition and also where she received her first and only full paid bid to Worlds. I’ll never forget all of us moms sitting in the front row of awards shaking and generally being nervous wrecks while they were announcing the places. The memory of the emcee announcing first place and the flood of emotions by the girls and their moms is an image that will forever be etched in my heart. Then to top it off hearing Orlando All Star Angels announced as a paid Worlds bid winner! It was definitely a highly emotional day. I will never forget seeing Cayce in her Cheersport National champion jacket for the first time and the ton of pictures we took of our girls and the team.

I really love reminiscing about the thirteen beautiful years Cayce was an all star cheerleader. There were so many wonderful friendships that were made and so many special memories that I will forever cherish.

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Gina Whitlock

Gina Whitlock resides in Winter Haven, Florida. She is married with a 16 year old son, Chace, and a 20 year old daughter, Cayce, who cheers for Top Gun All Stars and Florida Southern College. Gina is a former Polk State College cheerleader and has coached at both a private school and at a public high school. She has been a proud cheer mom for fourteen years. Outside of supporting Cayce in cheerleading and Chace in baseball Gina enjoys spending time with her family and friends, boating, and traveling.

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