The Brighton and Sussex Waves cheerleading squad have recently brought home the United Kindgom National Championship title for a second year in a row.
Despite the fact that cheerleading is a surprisingly expensive and somewhat alien sport to the UK, cheer competitions are growing in popularity. As indicated by their name, the Waves squad is comprised of students from both Sussex and Brighton University, which some argue has helped to promote relations between the usually competitive local universities.
Apart from winning national titles and performing very impressive stunts, the Waves team also cheers for the Brighton Tsunami American Football team, who unfortunately have not been experiencing the same success as Waves this football season.
Indeed, the cheerleading team seems to possess much wider notoriety among the student body than the team that they cheer for. It’s not all about trophies and titles for the Waves squad though.
They also participate in a myriad of admirable charitable activities which include cheering on this year’s Brighton Marathon runners and holding the annual fundraising event, Pink Night, set up by Waves to raise money for the Angelus Foundation.
The foundation works in the memory of Hester Stewart, a Waves team member who tragically died as a result of using the legal high GBL in 2009. The team are currently attempting to win a video competition which could provide them with £10,000 net profit.
This would be a great boost to their finances, which would help them continue competing at a national and international standard. To find out more about the Waves and view their competition entry video, their facebook page, search for Brighton and Sussex Waves.