"Cheerleading really suits my personality. I'm energetic and it's an energetic sport. There's never a bad day. The biggest thing that cheer taught me was that my role, no matter what it is, is significant."
"I find it's more encompassing than any other sport. With cheer, I'm running, jumping, lifting people, throwing people. It's got a little bit of everything in it. I always say anyone can do it but it takes work; it takes Omega Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday For Sale years of dedication.
"It's like any new sport; there's a natural learning curve. You need to learn how to jog before you can run. Seeing the evolution, getting to be a part of that evolution, I'm really proud and honoured to be known for that," he said.
The goal of cheer enthusiasts is to introduce it as a demonstration sport at the 2016 Summer Olympics and a competitive sport in 2020.
Okanagan Firestorm will also participate in a School Spirit Challenge, Feb. 24 at RSS. Kouwenhoven, BCCA's Interior representative, is also working with a number of school teams, notably at Rutland Senior.
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than enough countries that are involved. There's definitely more than enough knowledgeable people to be able to judge it accordingly. And the skill level is there worldwide with all the countries now. There are teams in Hong Kong that are absolutely phenomenal."
"I am so excited about this that I am speechless at times," said Parrotta. "The sport has been a huge part of our lives and a huge passion of mine."
was a football player who got injured. So he became the school mascot when the cheerleaders coach had him demonstrate some stunts at their practice. "I was hooked right away and I never looked back. High school cheer was the big thing. It was one of the faster growing sports."
One of his favourite assignments was as associate choreographer responsible for all the cheer content on the TV show, Hellcats. From 2000 to 2004, several catastrophic injuries occurred when cheerleaders weren't taught proper technique and simply tried stunts they saw on the Internet.
In any other team sport, most participants can switch roles. "With cheer, if someone is missing, it affects the whole team, that specific stunt group, because one of the bases or the flyer isn't there. Everyone's role is unique and equally important. That, in itself, gave me a confidence that I didn't realize that I had. Knowing that people were relying on me and I was relying on other people," he said.
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He and partner, Nicole Kouwenhoven, established the Okanagan Firestorm All Star Cheerleading program in September and already have 60 members from four to
soccer, was a competitive swimmer, played water polo, did karate and judo, trying anything and everything. "But nothing has really challenged me and given me more reward, immediate and long term, than competitive cheer. It's kind of scary when I look back 20 years. I've been coaching for longer than most of these kids have been around."
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Parrotta received a scholarship in cheer at the University of Hawaii, worked for the Vancouver Grizzlies NBA team, did TV shows, movies like The Sixth Man, Halfback of Notre Dame and Two for the Money, and performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.
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