PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A hard working team from southern Colorado is making history. The Stuntz Academy Mavericks cheer Team from Pueblo is taking the big stage in Florida.
That's something no other team from the area has done before.
Two minutes and 30 seconds doesn’t seem like a long time, but in the cheerleading world -- it’s just enough. The Mavericks cheerleading team has been working up to a big competition, making sure their two and a half minute performance comes out on top.
More than 200,000 athletes in the country take part in competitive cheer.
“You get to go to the limits that you can’t and just have fun,” said Macey Martinez, who's been cheering for four years.
The team is made up of athletes ranging from 7 to 11 years old and they’re headed to the 2017 Division 2 summit in Florida. It’s an honor very few teams from Colorado can claim, and a first, they say, for any team from Pueblo.
“We’re the first ones and we get to represent Colorado and Pueblo and our gym,” said Myah Abeyta, who's been cheering for five years.
The team is stepping into unknown territory.
“It’s going to be tough competition," said Ashley Richardson, the Mavericks' coach. "We’ve never been there before so we’re not really sure, but we know they can sure compete in colorado.”
Competition is the least of their worries. The coaches say their training and practice prepared them for this competition.
“These kids are athletes. They train like athletes, they condition, they are in here three and four and five days a week,” said Vonnie Taibi, the owner of Stuntz Academy.
That prepares them for more competitions in the future.
“These opportunities don’t really come that often,” said Martinez. “Sometimes you might not win and that’s okay because you know that you tried your hardest.”
The Mavericks preform May 13. They said they hope to not only to bring a win home to southern Colorado, but also put the city of Pueblo on the cheerleading map.
You can keep up with the teams progress through the varsity live stream and also by following updates on the Stuntz Academy website.