Oskaloosa High School senior Taylor Boyle will compete this weekend for a world cheerleading title with her teammates at Disney World in Florida.
Boyle is a member of the Iowa All-Stars Blaze cheerleading team. The group practices in a gym in Urbandale and there are 18 members on the team.
“I leave on Thursday,” Boyle said in an interview Tuesday afternoon. The team will compete in the World's Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla.
Boyle has been a member of the Blaze team for 1 ½ years. She has participated in many competitions, “but not this big.”
“We had to get a bid to go to this one,” Boyle said. “We got our bid while we were in Dallas, Texas.”
Boyle said there will be about 120 teams from 40 different countries competing in the World's Championship.
Boyle, a member of the Oskaloosa High School cheerleading squad, said the competition will be different than high school routines.
“It's a lot different from sideline cheerleading,” Boyle said.
The Blaze will have to perform stunts, tumbles and dances for 2 ½ minutes, she said.
“I've been practicing since mid-April of last year,” Boyle said.
Winning a bid to world competition was an emotional moment for the team.
“We all started crying from excitement,” Boyle said. “It's an unreal feeling.”
Competition begins Friday and wraps up Monday. If The Blaze win Friday, they will compete on Saturday. If they are victorious Saturday, they will compete Sunday and then teams that win Sunday will go for the title on Monday.
Boyle has been a cheerleader in Oskaloosa since fourth grade. She hopes to continue cheerleading at Iowa State University. The Cyclones' cheerleading tryouts are the following week after the world competition, she said.
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