Beyond the Mat – Cheer Squad Episode Five

Every week, one of the Cheer Squad stars will share their thoughts on the most recent episode with us!
Episode five was intense and BH is here with us this week!

Ashley H

Name: Ashley Blayney-Hoffer
Nickname: BH
Age: 18

What was your favourite part of the episode and why?
My favourite part of this episode was the last ten minutes, it truly showcased the emotions we all felt, and that all cheerleaders feel at some point in their career. Even though it wasn’t a good point in our career, the show captured the moment perfectly.

What has been your favourite part of the TV show so far from all the episodes?
I have loved seeing it all come together. Going from filming practices and competitions to the final product is amazing to see. I love seeing how well the show has captured our team! It’s also a great way to remember the season forever!

What was the week leading up to Cheer for the Cure like for you?
Leading up to Cheer for the Cure, I felt confident about my stunts but was very nervous about my tumbling! I was competing my standing full and two to double for the first time in the routine. So I was trying to get in as many reps as i could!

How did you feel after Cheer for the Cure?
I think we all felt awful, myself included. We all have such high expectations for ourselves that we couldn’t have been happy with our performance. I was crying and upset even though I had a decent run, the Great Whites didn’t. We are a team and we win together and lose together. If one person has a bad run, we all do. It’s the way the sport is, we all have a good run or none of us do!

Can you describe how you overcome a performance that doesn’t go the way you want? 
You just have to go back into gym and work a hundred times harder. You have to learn from mistakes and change what you are doing to make it better. For example, after Cheer for the Cure we did 100 reps of our stunt every single practice. You can’t settle for less than what you are capable of, you keep pushing and working until you are happy with the results.

If you could do last season all over again, would you change anything?
I wouldn’t change anything, because every season is a journey and no two journeys are the same. The start of this season was different from the previous season, but it motivated us to work harder and grow even closer.

What is the hardest thing in cheerleading for you?
Dancing for sure. I’m a super awkward dancer and take forever to pick up choreography. So it is definitely the most challenging thing for me to learn and perform well.

What do you like most about cheerleading?
I love the feeling coming off the competition floor knowing you’ve hit your routine and could not have done anything more. It is the best feeling in the world.

Tell us what your initial reaction was to seeing yourself on TV?
It was so surreal. Sometimes i’ll see a commercial and be like “OMG, thats me.” It’s so weird.

What are you looking forward to in the next episode?
I’m excited for everyone to see the result of our hard work after Cheer for the Cure!

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