Cheerleaders here to compete in two championship events

A group of Costa Rican cheerleaders are taking their talents to the land of Mickey Mouse.

The squad from the Gimnasio Pura Vida Athletics will compete in both the Universal Cheerleader Association All Star Championship and the International Cheer Union World Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Fla. In joining the top cheerleading units in the world at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports, Coach José Gabriel Sibaja said his team is ready to compete again on this international stage.

Sibaja said his cheerleaders continue to sharpen their dance moves and make all the necessary and minute adjustments before the events in March and April. “We are in the final stages of practicing our choreography and motions that we will bring to the United States,” Sibaja said. “We have undergone intense preparation in order to repeat our success.”

In 2012, the same year that the squad was founded, Gimnasio Pura Vida finished 13th out of more than 100 teams in the international category. Sibaja said his team’s goal this year is to finish in the top 10 worldwide.

The UCA All Star Championship takes place on March 15 and 16. A month later the squad returns to Disney World for the World Cheerleading Championship from April 26 to 28.

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