Local cheerleader shares his unexpected rise to the top
EDMONTON – It’s something Lachlan Meyer never dreamed he’d be doing.
“One of my best friends said, ‘you should be a cheerleader.’ And I said, ‘ha ha no.’ And she said, ‘come to one practice,'” Meyer laughed as he recalled the day he got his start in the sport.
The 18-year old is a member of the renowned California Allstars Cali Coeds cheerleading squad.
Originally from Edmonton, Meyer got his start in cheerleading here, auditioning with a local club on a whim, never expecting to get a callback.
“I was 13 and I fell in love with the sport,” said Meyer. It’s been a whirlwind ever since.
The California-based team he’s currently part of recently won the U.S. nationals and is now off to the world championships in April.
Meyer credits his ability to ‘stunt,’ or toss members of the squad during aerial acts for his success.
“It’s very hard. The level I’m at is unbelievably hard,” Meyer said. The team is one of the top ranked in the world and trains four days a week for three hours at a time.
“The team I’m on actually was the first cheer video I ever watched so my friend was like, ‘watch this, this is one of the best teams.’ And I said, ‘oh man I’m gonna be on that team one day,'” Meyer said. He adds he was joking and never thought he would make the team.
This is his last season with the under 18 team.
Meyer plans on moving back to Edmonton to pursue a career in coaching and try out for the Edmonton Eskimos cheer team.
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