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This weekend, the Energetic Edge Cheer Association hosted their first cheerleading camp and clinic for their local group. A total of 25 registered participants took part in the two day clinic that taught choreography, tumbling, and stunting techniques with two BC Cheerleading Association Representative and USAFS certified coaches, Pete and Nikki Parrotta from Kelowna.
Energetic Edge is pursuing their USAFS certification in order to compete at a higher level and ensure the proper safety and techniques are taught. The team consists of USAFS level 5 coach, Matt Donovan, as well as coaches Christina Brace, Amanda Gessner, and Ashley Carroll.
Pete and Nikki Parrotta are highly respected BC Cheerleading Association Interior Representatives and Judges with impressive resumes of successful involvement with the sport as both athletes and coaches for a number of years. The pair own and operate Okanagan Firestorm Gym in Kelowna and serve as co-head coaches for teams from their gym. Pete has over twenty years experience and has competed at an international level at competitions around the world. In addition to competition, Pete also served as Assistant Choreographer & Cheer Consultant on the television series “Hellcats”, starring Ashley Tisdale. Pete holds USASF Level 5 Stunt, Toss and Tumble coaching certification. Nikki has been involved in the sport for fourteen years. She made her coaching debut in 2003 and has since been involved with a number of organizations and squads. Nikki holds USASF Level 5 Stunt and Toss, Level 4 Tumble coaching certifications. Pete also has local connections as he served as coach Matt Donovan’s own coach during his time as an athlete.
Energetic Edge Cheer Association was founded on May 1st of 2015 and currently has approximately 35 members. Coaches hope to grow the sport in the community and have been delighted by the interest and support for the program so far. Regular season will run in conjunction with the school year, September to June, as well as a competitive circuit from January until May. They look forward to further developing their skills as they aim to compete at tournaments at the West Edmonton Mall, Red Deer, and Kelowna.
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