Cheerleader Leah’s headed for Florida USA

When author Jim Cathcart said, ”Aim high, the future you see, is the person you will be”, it seems to have found its way to a Belle Isle based 14 year’s old athlete’s mind.

Leah Megan Sargent has earned a spot on the under 18s level 5 team-Twilight- for Rising Star’s cheerleaders.

A diligent athlete studying in year 10 at Cockburn School, Leah has gained a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel to Florida, USA to compete in the World Championships cheerleading competition that is being held in April this year.

A base, tumbler and avid dancer within a team of 13, the gym enthusiast has been cheerleading for five years and undergoes ten hours of rigorous training sessions in Stockport, Manchester every week.

An important part of her training involves holding athletes in the air, throwing them up and catching them that requires considerable strength and agility in her work.

The trip to America is expensive for Leah and it has been self-funded so far yet, therefore her parents are trying to explore ways to reduce the cost through monetary assistance from those who wish to help Leah’s success story.

Belonging to a team that has so far claimed the coveted first and second positions this year, Leah says, ”I’m excited to attend the Worlds cheerleading competitions and I can’t wait to perform and do everyone proud.”

And to do so, she finds herself optimistic about receiving support in the form of donations, prizes or offers by businesses and sports enthusiasts to help Leah achieve her aspirations.

Therefore, an important fundraising race night has been organised at The Hanover Arms in Wortley on Saturday 4 March to help towards costs of this trip. The event is expected to bring in genuinely helpful people from all walks of life to contribute towards this cause but is open for everyone to be a part of it.

To offer support for Leah’s endeavour to bring recognition to her city, Leeds, you can contact her mother email for further discussions.


This post was written by Gulnaar Khan


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