My Cheer Journey
My name is Athena Megaloudis and I'm 16 years old. I have been doing Allstar cheer for almost 9 years. I started out as a competitive hip hop dancer at Carolina Legacy, a small family gym in Cary. After 1 year I was so fascinated by the Allstar cheerleading industry I began to work on my tumble skills and flying techniques in hopes to make a team. Cheerleading is a sport that really appealed to me because it incorporates both dance and tumble and has all the glitz & glam than goes with performing on stage.
Five years later I found myself on a level 5 worlds team at Cheer Extreme Allstars in Raleigh, one of the biggest and most recognized gyms in the country. With the level 5 All Girl International team at Raleigh, I have accomplished several of my goals. Over the past two years my team has placed 1st in the US and finished 3rd and 2nd in the world and this past March we placed 1st at the NCA championship (National Cheerleading Association) in Dallas, TX, 2nd largest competition in the world. This was a big accomplishment and we received jackets and rings.
Over the next 2 years until I graduate high school my goal will be to win gold at the Worlds Championship. This past year I was chosen to be the front and back cover model for Varsity's Catalog, a large company that designs cheer uniforms and practice wear that is distributed all over the US, they also sponsor many large competitions. I was flown to NY and Dallas several times to do photo shoots and enjoy many fun experiences at those locations. This was all made possible because of my sport. Cheerleading has afforded me many opportunities. Along with all the travel experiences and life long memories, I have made life long friends and bonds with my team mates and coaches that i will have forever.
Cheerleading has not only been my sport. but my life for the past 9 years and I wouldn't have it any other way. In the future I hope to continue to model and to cheer in college. Who knows, maybe even one day I will coach or have my own cheer gym and give other athletes the great experiences that I have had and will treasure.
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