Ontario Cheerleading Federation competition exceeds expectations

Ontario Cheerleading Federation competition

Ontario Cheerleading Federation Winter Blast competition.

The Cornwall Civic Complex has played host to countless events over the years, everything from big-name hockey games, concerts and festivals to more personal functions like weddings and baby showers.

Now she can add another event to the resume – a cheerleading competition.

The parking lot at the Civic Complex and Aquatic Centre was at capacity all day on Satuday, February 10th as groups from all over Ontario and Quebec headed indoors for the first-ever Ontario Cheerleading Federation event held at the venue.

Despite the latest blast of winter outdoors, the Winter Blast competition indoors attracted over 1,700 participants and spectators, far exceeding expectations.

“The response was amazing and we received a lot of positive comments from participants and visitors,” said Janice Robinson, Facility Rental Coordinator at the Civic Complex. “They were really impressed with the complex and how everything was run.”

The competition drew over 40 teams from across southern and eastern Ontario and western Quebec, generating significant economic spin-offs in the form of hotel stays and restaurant visits.

“Our box office saw a steady stream of spectators throughout the day,” said Ms. Robinson. “We also saw a lot of local residents at the event. We’re thankful that the community stepped up and supported the event.”

Click here to view a photo gallery from the event on the Cornwall Tourism Facebook page

Spectators were treated to some excellent competition, with the teams showcasing their best flips and combination moves on the competition floor before a panel of judges. The higher-level teams (Levels 5 and 6) were vying for a bid to attend the world championships in Orlando later this year.

“It was a memorable day and we hope it’s the first (cheerleading competition) of many to come,” added Ms. Robinson.

About the Ontario Cheerleading Federation
The Ontario Cheerleading Federation promotes, fosters and regulates cheerleading in the province of Ontario thus furthering the character and development of young athletes. The federation’s industry-leading competitions provide high-quality, cost-effective events for Ontario’s athletes to perform and showcase their skills.

For more information, please visit www.OCFCheer.com.

About the Cornwall Civic Complex
Situated in scenic Lamoureux Park along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Cornwall Civic Complex is a versatile facility that plays host to hockey games, conventions, concerts, marriages and other special events throughout the year.

The heart of the Civic Complex is the Ed Lumley Arena, a modern ice rink that boasts state of the art rink boards, an electronic scoreboard and seating for up to 5,800 people.

For more information, please visit www.Cornwall.ca.

Additional Events
Looking for other fun things to do in Cornwall? Make sure to check out our Events page for info on upcoming events in the area!

Additional Information
Planning a visit to Cornwall? Cornwall Tourism can help. Email us at info@cornwalltourism.com to request a copy of our Visitor Guide or contact us at (613) 933-0074. You can also stop by our Visitor Information Centre at 100 Water Street East (inside the Civic Complex).

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Article by Kevin Lajoie

Photo by Bobby Lefebvre

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