THEY came as newcomers. They will leave as among the world's best.
It was more than beginners’ luck after the Philippines took home the bronze medal in its first-ever appearance in the World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida.
Team Pilipinas, which has consistently topped Southeast Asian competitions, bagged third place in the All Girl Elite Cheer Division, making it the No. 1 team in Asia and No. 3 overall in the world.
Team New Zealand took the gold while Team Chile came away with the silver during the competition televised by ESPN from Walt Disney World.
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Formed in May 2010, Team Pilipinas is managed and organized by the National Cheerleading Championship (NCC), the country’s de facto governing body for the sport recognized by the ICU, the world governing body for cheerleading.
Organized by the International Cheer Union (ICU), the 2014 Cheerleading Worlds gathered over 17,000 athletes from 80 countries and more than 150 divisions. It is considered the ‘Olympics’ of cheerleading.
Team Pilipinas is composed of 27 members, all high school and college students who were selected in national tryouts held last December. Among the schools represented are St. Paul College Pasig, School of the Holy Spirit Q.C., University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo.
The team is headed by coaches Eduardo David Jr. and Randell San Gregorio.