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Y9 student Anna McDowell, who is a member of the Northern Ireland All Stars Cheerleading squad - View Full Size Image
Y9 student Anna McDowell, who is a member of the Northern Ireland All Stars Cheerleading squad
12/01/2015 CHEERLEADING SUCCESS FOR LORETO COLLEGE STUDENT

A Year 9 student from Loreto College Coleraine has been selected to represent Northern Ireland in Cheerleading, following successful auditioning for the NI All Stars Cheerleading Squad.

Anna McDowell attends three-hour training sessions in Belfast or Antrim every Saturday, learning energetic and demanding new routines and preparing for events and competitions.  Anna comments that injuries happen at almost every training session, so demanding are the routines and drills.  However, she adds that she loves cheerleading, not just because it keeps her fit but also because it has given her the opportunity to make many new friends.  Anna has been taking part in cheerleading since the age of six; among many highlights, she recalls taking part in the European Championships in Slovenia in 2010, where Northern Ireland was placed a wonderful fifth.

Anna was congratulated on her dedication and determination to succeed by Mrs Maureen McCullough, Head of Physical Education at Loreto College, and by College Principal Mr Michael James, who wished her well for the competitive season ahead in 2015.