For some 9 year olds, it’s all about playing dolls and lolling around making loom band bracelets. For young Rylea May van Alhen of New Zealand though, it’s a whole different story! The talented youngster has been competing as an athlete for half of her 9 years, and now hopes to be able to get to the US Open Cheer and Dance Nationals. The competition will be held in California next year. The youngster said that ever since watching a cheerleading movie called Bring It On, she wanted to be a professional cheerleader. Alongside her team, Envy, the 9 year old competed in the Australasian Majors that took place last month. They did so with flying colors and beat a level 5 team. Along with her family the youngster travels to Auckland 2 times a week to train. Her mum said that if she did not have any passion for the sport, she wouldn’t bother, but it is her passion that keeps them driven. When she was just 6 years old she competed in her very first competition and it has been non-stop ever since!
In order to be able to afford the $8000 needed to take her to the US, the 9 year old will be holding some BBQs and garage sales. Her family have also made a page on the Give a little site that is called ‘A Little Girls Dream’. They also want to help to break the public’s stereotyping of cheerleaders, and inform people that it really is not just pom pom shaking. Cheerleading is a serious athletic sport and it is not for the faint hearted. So, if you want to help a little girl follow her dream in the US, then make sure to donate.
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