Macarthur special abilities cheerleading team takes out top title

Sky's the limit: Talented special abilities cheerleaders from Macarthur placed second in a national competition held in Melbourne last month.

Sky's the limit: Talented special abilities cheerleaders from Macarthur placed second in a national competition held in Melbourne last month.

Jessica Healey and her talented team of cheerleaders are proving that cheerleading truly is a sport for everyone.

Healey's special abilities team recently placed second at the recent AASCF National Championships held in Melbourne.

The team is made up of four girls with either a mental or physical disability.

Healey said the team had been training at their Smeaton Grange studio since February for the national competition and competing at other events along the way.

She said she was proud of her team.

"The team is my very first special abilities team and being straight out of high school I poured everything I had into training them," the Currans Hill resident said.

"I am absolutely over the moon with how they performed at nationals."

Healey said the C Strike Scorpion Allstars performed many of the same moves as other cheer teams but was slightly modified to suit the athletes.

"I think because cheerleading is a very physical sport that a lot of people think they may not be able to do it," she said.

"But a lot of the special abilities athletes are incredible.

"You are only limited by the people around you and you can achieve so much more than you think you are capable of."

Picton siblings Chloe, nine, and Charlotte Faulkner, 12, compete alongside each other on the C Strike team.

Chloe has cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy and Charlotte has high functioning autism.

Their mother Jane Lewis said Scorpion Allstar Cheerleading had been able to support, guide and bring out the very best in them.

"It is amazing to see the camaraderie, team spirit and support for all teams when attending a competition," she said.

"Scorpion Allstar Cheerleading is an inclusive gym where routines and programs are choreographed to the individual child's abilities.

"This is an ability sport, the stars are the limit."

Healey is hoping to add more talented cheerleaders to the team in 2020.

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