Two Uckfield girls have been invited to join a squad competing in Florida against cheerleaders from around the world.
Molly Tye, aged nine, and Joolz Earley, 14, are members of Zodiac Allstars, based at Lancing, and were selected from among 300 athletes. They will be in a squad of 21 representing Zodiac.
Molly has been cheerleading since the age of three. She started with Universal Dance before joining Zodiac and is now a ‘flyer’ performing breath-taking stunts in the air while supported by ‘bases’. She is one of the youngest Level 5 athletes in the UK.
Joolz has only been cheerleading for two years and is a ‘base’.
Both are totally committed to the sport. They usually attend sessions at Lancing twice a week and are now spending another ten to 15 hours at the weekends training for Florida.
Molly, who lives on Rocks Park and attends Rocks Park Primary School, said her ambition is to represent her country one day: “I like lots of stunts and love tumbling and being a flyer.”
She has begun fund-raising for her trip to Florida and needs to raise £1,260. If you would like to help please go to her GoFundMe page.
Molly’s mum Cathy Tye said: “Molly has had an amazing couple of years competing in the UK and Parish last year and now being chosen to compete by her squad Zodiac Allstars at this prestigious invite-only event.
“At nine-years-old this is an amazing achievement and such an outstanding opportunity to enhance her skills and experience of competing. This is the first year junior squads have been allowed to compete.”
Joolz, who lives on the Harlands Estate, Ridgewood, and attends Uckfield Community Technology College, says cheerleading is something she really enjoys doing and she hopes to carry on in the future.
Her mother Nyree Earley said: “We are so incredibly proud of her. This is such an amazing opportunity. She works really hard and the coaches have done an amazing job. They teach them to work as a team and have respect, and these are some amazing traits to have as she starts to become a young lady.”