AUBURN- Thousands were in attendance on Saturday at the Sacramento Convention Center where the 2009 Gold Jam was held - this was one event where there was no shortage of spirit.
    Bright and bouncy Auburn Elite All-star cheerleaders took the floor in blue, black and silver to a roaring crowd of supporters and rocked their two and a half minute routine earning the fourth-place award to bring back to Auburn.
    “They rocked it,” Coach and parent Pat Sweeney said. The coaches said the win gave the new cheerleading squad a boost of confidence as this was the 12-person team’s first showing. The competitive program is new to Auburn Gymnastics Center. According to the coaching staff, the program started in May of 2009 and has slowly attracted a group of dedicated girls and teens that now make up the competitive team.
    “We are very proud of this team and are excited to see what they will accomplish by the end of the season,” Head Coach Katie Newman said. All-star cheerleading has turned into a giant sport across the nation but is new to Auburn. It has grown in popularity as a sport since 2006 and there are now nearly 1,300 gyms and 1.5 million people across the
nation participating in these programs. The teams, who train with the sole purpose of competing, are placed
into divisions, which are grouped based upon age, size of the team, gender of participants, and ability level.

   Judges at the competition watch the team’s moves as a group and as individual members as well as look at the difficulty and execution of jumps, stunts, tumbling, synchronization, creativity, the sharpness of the motions, showmanship, and overall routine execution.
    The next competition for this new team is the Power Cheer competition at the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium on November 14. This event will also feature Auburn Gymnastics Center’s special needs cheer team first competition.


   Auburn Gymnastics Center is located in the DeWitt Center. Call,
823-2031 or go to www.auburn-gymnastics for information on classes for
babies, boys, and toddlers.