By LIZ YNTEMA OWNER PEGASUS CHEER ATHLETICS
#creatingpossibilities is not just a hashtag; it’s a way of life at Pegasus Cheer Athletics. Their focus? To offer Quinte’s youth an athletic outlet and safe environment where they can be themselves, no matter their skill level or physical abilities.
Starting out of a local church in 2014 with only a Facebook page and a website, Pegasus Cheer held their first classes with just 20 athletes.
Word of the new gym quickly spread and by the end of the summer, business had doubled. The owners soon realized that the church would not be able to hold the increasing demand and moved their facility to a local high school, enabling them to expand into the world of competitive cheer.
Coaches and athletes worked hard throughout that first season and Pegasus’ two competitive teams, Furies and Odyssey, hit the Nationals stage with fierce determination. Hard work paid off and both teams placed first in their division, earning the title of National Champions. Furies also won National Grand Champions, beating out all other teams to bring home that coveted banner.
With cheerleading becoming Canada’s fastest growing sport, Pegasus Cheer soon outgrew their facilities. At the beginning of Season Two, they moved into their own space, allowing them to offer not only a variety of competitive teams, but also recreational cheer and tumbling classes and specialty clinics, all on a fully sprung floor.
What started off as an introduction to the sport of cheer has quickly turned into a welcoming and familiar environment for Quinte youth. Many of the athletes who started with Pegasus Cheer on day one still train with the gym, while others have joined throughout the seasons.
Today, Pegasus Cheer Athletics has nine competitive teams, with athletes’ skills ranging from brand new to a few years of experience. There’s even a non-competitive team specifically for parents!
Athletes practise year round and their fourth season will be starting soon. There are lots of options to choose from, including this year’s brand new full travel team. Competitive teams vary in both age and skill level. No experience is necessary! Anyone wishing to be on a competitive team at Pegasus Cheer is guaranteed a spot.
Athletes are requested to come to their age group’s assessment clinics being held this May.
From Indys and Duos to full-size teams, whether you’re interested in recreational or competitive, there is something for everyone at Pegasus Cheer. #creatingpossibilities indeed.
For more information about Pegasus Cheer Athletics, please visit their website at www.pegasuscheer.com.