History

Over a decade of Cheerleading Coaching in Cambridge, Ancaster and Ottawa!

What an incredible journey the Cheer Sport Sharks has been for co-founders Ali Moffatt & Alana Potter!  It all started over 10 years ago, with a dream, a vision, and most importantly, a passion for coaching & for the sport of competitive cheerleading in Cambridge.   In the beginning, never did we dream that it would become what it is today.     

Cheerleading Facilities of Cheer Sport Sharks

Humble Beginnings

Ali and Alana met in elementary school, and became friends in 1995 when they both cheered at their high school in Oakville, T.A. Blakelock.  Both began coaching the Pilgrim Wood Dolphins elementary school team at the age of 15, and have been coaching cheerleading ever since.  Their partnership is based on a strong friendship, and a love for coaching.

It Starts with a Dream…

The Cheer Sport Sharks was born in 2003, when Ali & Alana (A&A) joined forces, and relocated to start their cheerleading school in Cambridge, Ontario.  Prior to 2003, A&A were both coaching cheerleading in schools, and running community clubs for competitive cheerleading in the cities where they attended university (Ali at WLU & Alana at UofG).  At this time, both teams trained out of a local church basement, and were called the Waterloo Rays & the Guelph Stars.  When the girls graduated from University they decided that it was time to combine their efforts, and start coaching together.      

In the first year of the Cheer Sport Sharks, we were thrilled to have 35 athletes training on three teams, once a week at the Cambridge Kips Gymnastics Club.  Every Sunday night, the Sharks would take over the gym club for a few hours, and quickly experienced growth.  Unfortunately, the Kips could not accommodate this growth, and we knew that it was in the best interest of our program to take the plunge, and lease our very OWN gym.  It was small (3000 sq ft), but we LOVED it.  We were in our first gym for 2 years, where we grew to 250 athletes, and knew that once again, it was time to move.  In 2007 we moved into our next gym, known as the ‘Tank’.  It was 6200 sq ft, and included a fully sprung floor and a tumble track.  More importantly, it allowed us to offer more teams, and more opportunities for the hundreds of girls in our program.  Cheer Sport continued to expand by offering programs in other cities, including the Stingrays in Guelph & the Seawaves in Ancaster.  By 2010, the Sharks had outgrown the ‘Tank’, and opened a second cheerleading gym on the same street, known as the ‘Sea’ (3500 sq ft).  The Tank & the Sea were busting at the seams, and A&A knew that in order for Cheer Sport to continue to grow and succeed, we needed a permanent home. 

Then you Make it Real…

After looking for over 18 months for a new home that could accommodate our 30 teams and 550 athletes, it became clear that no building existed in Cambridge.  Our only option was to purchase land from the City of Cambridge, go through the re-zoning process, and begin to custom design our perfect cheerleading gym in Southwestern Ontario.  The newly constructed Shark Tank is 18,000 sq ft, and is Canada’s largest, free standing cheerleading gym.  It’s the perfect place for our athletes to work hard, together, to make their dreams real, just as A&A have for years.

 

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    As a follow up to the Swell Shark information that was just posted, here is a testimonial from one of the athletes that went on the trip in 2011:

    Sharks, this is an AMAZING experience and I recommend it for anyone within the age guidelines. I would do it again in a heartbeat if I could! Not only was it amazing to see new parts of the world and experience the different cultures, I was able to meet so many new athletes that I would never have otherwise. Not only from Sharks, but athletes from around the world that I still speak to today! I can't even express how great this experience was and I absolutely recommend it for everyone!!
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    Calling ALL Sharks aged 12-18 as of August, 31st, 2015 - our Swell Sharks are back, and this time travelling to Italy & the UK for the Future Cheer Nationals Competition next July!! We've run a similar trip in the past and the girls are still talking about this 'once in a lifetime' experience combining cheer, friendships & the opportunity to see the world. If you'd like more information, come to these meetings, and check the information sheet that has been sent out by Cheer Moms.

    Meeting Dates:
    Ancaster: Sunday Oct 26th, 4:15pm
    Ottawa: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 7pm
    Cambridge: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 6pm
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    Shark teams are working their FINS off to make sure they are ready for our 2nd annual Cheer Sport debut- CHOMP DOWN! The countdown is ON! #letsgosharks #fearthefin ... See MoreSee Less

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    Competition Day orders have been filled! Check with your Desk Divas to pick up your order of competition essentials. Cambridge - yours will be there tonight, Ottawa/Ancaster - will be at your gyms as of Sunday! If you missed ordering, but need something for competition, check Fins as we do have limited items in stock.
    You know what that means....competitions are coming SOON! How exciting! #fearthefin
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