Welcome back to our series, Cheerleading History, where we look at the history of cheerleading and how it has shaped the sport as we know it today. This is our last installment of this series, so we hope you enjoy!
This week, we will be looking at cheerleading between 2012-2013.
In March of 2012, the, “Cheerleading Association Singapore (CAS) hosts the 2st ICU Southeast Asia Cheerleading Open- welcoming 12 nations throughout the region.” to compete for the coveted title.
In April of 2012, the International Cheer Union hosts the ninth, “World Cheerleading Championships /Cheerleading Worlds at the Walt Disney World Resort taped for the CBS Sports Network (National Teams) and ESPN global broadcast (Club Teams).”
In April of 2012, the, “ICU General Assembly adopts SportAccord recommended statutes.” Shortly following this, in May of the same year, the, “ICU actively promotes the Sport of Cheer at its exhibition stand to hundreds of international sport leaders at the SportAccord Convention in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.”
In July of 2012, the, “ICU’s European Confederation, European Cheer Union (ECU) hosts the 2nd ECU European Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.” Here, 2,000 athletes from 18 European Nations competed for the ECU European Championship title.
In August of 2012, the, “FIG, ICU and SportAccord sign trilateral agreement of terms and conditions which FIG supports the principle for the admission of ICU into SportAccord.” This was the next important step to bringing the sport of Cheerleading to the Olympic games.
In September of 2012, the, “ICU’s Japan Federation “Cheer Japan” hosts the 1st Asia Cheerleading Open in Tokyo, Japan.” 1,200 athletes from 12 nations competed at this first ever competition.
In March of 2013, the, “ICU becomes a proud member of The Association For International Sports For All (TAFISA) in promotion of developing active lifestyles for the world’s youth.”
In April of 2013, the, “ICU hosts the 10th World Cheerleading Championships /Cheerleading Worlds at the Walt Disney World Resort taped for the CBS Sports Network (National Teams) and ESPN global broadcast (Club Teams).”
In May of 2013, the, “SportAccord’s 47th Statutory General Assembly admits ICU and the Sport of Cheer as its 109th member of SportAccord . ICU officially becomes the recognized world governing body for the Sport of Cheer around the world.”
In July of 2013, the, “ICU’s European Confederation, European Cheer Union (ECU) hosts the 3rd ECU European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland’s Commonwealth Arena.” 2,000 athletes and 20 European Nations, 2 more nations than the year before, came to compete for the coveted title of European Champion.
Check out the video below between 16:11 and 18:40 to see cheerleading between 2012 and 2013.
Next week we will look at cheerleading more in-depth between 2012 and 2013.
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This article contains information from cheerunion.org, The International Cheer Union website. Please visit their website for more historical information or other cheerleading related information.
History of Cheerleading. (n.d.). Retrieved September 8, 2015, from http://cheerunion.org/history/cheerleading/
“Members”. SportAccord – International Federations’ Union (sportaccord.com). 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2015-11-10.
Retrieve September 28th, 2015 from 40 Years of UCA – Anniversary Highlight Reel. UCA/ Varsity Spirit, 2014. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rocJZGainI