Cheer camp aims for strength

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This isn't your little sister's cheerleader training camp.

Sequim High School's cheer squad is making the most of their offseason by getting in some weight lifting, some cardio work and even some exercise advice from an expert.

Last week, team Sequim got several pointers - and quite a workout - from personal trainer Callie Marunde.

Now a resident of Las Vegas, Nev., Marunde trained Sequim-area athletes for years with her husband Jesse Marunde before he passed away in 2007.

On a visit back to the Olympic Peninsula June 15-16, Marunde offered her physical fitness know-how to a group of about two-dozen Sequim High cheerleaders.

"She's helping us with nutrition, workouts, eating right ... (and) being the best athlete as they can," varsity coach Carmen Wiker said.

The cheerleaders began offseason workouts soon after their tryouts following spring break in April. Wiker said the young group is mixing in weights with cardiovascular workouts to give the girls and boys solid overall athleticism.

The group also is getting training from Staci Stratton, a 2007 Sequim High graduate and student at the University of Idaho, and junior varsity coach Kimberly King, now cheer dance instructor at Aspire Academy of Expressive Arts in Sequim.

The Wolves are hosting cheer instructors from Universal Cheerleaders Association this July.

Wiker said she hopes to see the Wolves take on other schools in sanctioned cheerleaders competitions.

Wolves host "CheerLEADERship" clinic

The Sequim High School Wolves cheerleaders host a clinic for youths ages 5-12 in August.

The clinic is from 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 23-25, with a performance at the Wolves "Purple and Gold" high school football game on Saturday, Aug. 28, to show off skills learned at the clinic.

Instruction is provided by the Sequim High School cheerleaders and coaches and includes sideline chants, jumps, a cheer and dance, plus basic moves with proper technique, along with what it takes to be a true leader in one's school and community.

Cost is $50, and includes camp T-shirt and poms.

Registration deadline is July 31.

For more information, call Wiker at 683-1748.

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