ATLANTA, Ga. – Cullman Gymnastics & Cheer Academy’s Xtreme Allstars were back on the road last weekend for the All-Star Prep Nationals at the Georgia International Convention Center and they came home with some more hardware. The Queens, Empresses and Mini Majesties all placed first in their respective divisions after each of them put together zero-deduction routines.
Xtreme All Stars Head Coach Ashley Wilbanks was very proud of her team for their scores and performances during the competition but was even happier to see one of her girls overcome adversity and to see her teammates rally around her.
“Well we didn’t know it at the time, but I think it was an incredible way to end the season. Our minis got first out of eight teams and they came back with a great performance. All of our teams hit zero which means they hit perfect routines, but I probably think the coolest thing that happened was with one girl on the team who really struggled with anxiety,” Wilbanks said. “This year she really struggled with major anxiety and the whole team surrounded her and prayed over her and she made it through the whole performance without having any issues. Even though they hit zero and had a fabulous performance, the team wasn’t even excited about that. They were just thrilled to death that she made it, overcame fear and anxiety and did an awesome performance. That was just super cool. Especially with everything that’s going on right now, it’s nice when fear doesn’t win.”
They couldn’t have known when they left for Atlanta last week, but the All-Star Prep Nationals was the final competition of the season for the Xtreme Allstars. Wilbanks reflected on the season and what she enjoyed most of all was a great group of athletes and parents who saw the big picture.
“What was amazing to watch from a coach’s perspective is I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen the parents and the kids really get that even though cheer is the sport we’re doing, it’s not just about cheer,” Wilbanks said. “It’s a tool to help teach these kids how to become women that uplift and support one another. To watch that play out in that particular situation last weekend where they overcame fear and got to see what it looked like struggle with it was awesome.”
Queens – 1st place Jr. Prep Level 3.2 (96.9293)
Ava Claire Floyd
Anna Kate Jean
Reily Kate Johnson
Empresses – 1st place Youth Prep Level 2.2 (96.6465)
Anna Kate Armstrong
Mini Majesties – 1st place Mini Prep Level 1.1 (95.9192)
Katy Claire Harbison
Xtreme Allstars coaches
Ashley Wilbanks (head coach)
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