(January 17, 2023) - Laurentian University’s sports teams have a strong community of supporters. No matter the sport, when one attends a Voyageurs game, there is sure to be enthusiasm from the sidelines. This enthusiasm is amplified by Laurentian’s Cheerleading team, a group of twenty-three hardworking students dedicated to spreading Laurentian pride.
Marlina Forgione, a fourth year Concurrent Education student, is this year’s Cheer Captain. She collaborates with Mikylie McClean, the team’s Cheer Coach, to guide the team as they perform routines at half-time shows for Voyageurs men’s and women’s basketball teams. The team also cheered for lacrosse athletes during their final game of the 2022 season. They are optimistic for future opportunities to cheer for a variety of Laurentian sports teams and events.
The Cheer team is now preparing for their own competition - Cheer Evolution Winterfest, a cheerleading event that will take place at the Leon’s Centre in Kingston, Ontario on March 4, 2023.
As team leaders, Marlina and Mikylie organize team practices and choreograph half-time performances. Having joined the Cheer team in her first year as a Laurentian student, Marlina looks back fondly at her experience: “I have made so many friends, met so many people, and have had a lot of fun. In high school, I had an amazing community, and joining the cheerleading team at Laurentian supported my sense of community.” Marlina described that she is passionate not only about cheer but also about gymnastics.
“From the first practice, you could feel a sense of togetherness and family amongst team members. We continuously work together to improve as a unit, and we are passionate about this,” added Marlina. “As team captain, this has been incredible to be a part of.”
For those interested in joining the Laurentian Cheer team, tryouts occur every September and all are welcome. “Your skill level doesn't matter. Just come try out and do your best,” encouraged Marlina.