My name is Ashley Hobbs and I am 14 years old. This is my third year on Senior Elite and we are thrilled to be returning to the The Majors this year. I feel like we are coming with the mind set that we have a lot to prove on that stage, for we did not have our best performance at The Majors last year.
Even though the outcome at The Majors was not what we had hoped for, the overall experience was absolutely incredible. The red carpet and banquet the night before was so much fun because we got to see all our friends from other teams and watch their videos and see their journeys’ leading up to The Majors. The actual competition was so unique because we were individually introduced along with our coaches before our video was played. This really allowed spectators a glimpse into how we train.
The 2012-2013 season has started out great for Senior Elite. We spent our summer working out different stunt sequences and pyramid ideas and of course working on tumbling, which is my favorite part! In August, we had our routine camp and put all our hard work together. Now that the actual competition season has started, it is just understood that as a member of Senior Elite, you are to be readily available to practice when needed. We practice regularly twice a week, but a
s the season gets going, often times extra practices are called at moments notice. This of course can be frustrating at times, especially since approximately half our team travels 1 ½ to 2 hours each way, including myself, but each member of our team is totally committed and honored to be a part of such a special team.
Not one of our practices is ever the same. Of course we do the usual warming up, working sections, and tumbling, but Courtney always keeps things interesting! Full outs are always video taped and we sit down and critique them when we are done. This allows us to see what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong! To keep things really interesting in practices are Courtney’s games. She knows we thrive on competition and this includes competing with each other. One of our most recent games we played was “Teal or no Teal”…. Just imagine the game show Deal or no Deal. Never a dull moment at CEA!
Ashley Hobbs- Cheer Extreme- Senior Elite