New to cheer program - launching October 7th 2019!

How is term 4 almost here already - this year is absolutely screaming by!

We are very excited to welcome all our new faces to Queensland Cheer Elite for term 4, with our cheerleading program kicking off on Monday 7th or Tuesday 8th of October, at our Kedron and Sumner locations.

Over 10 weeks, all our new faces will be learning the ins and outs of cheerleading, including:

  • Lifts

  • Tumbling

  • Jumps

  • Dance and motions

They will learn the basics of gymnastics, acrobatics and dancing, which is really what cheer is all about - a mix of all these elements.

Making friends along the way and meeting new students their age, the weekly classes are sure to be a lot of fun for everyone!

Classes will be offered on a Monday or Tuesday for ages 4-7 and 8-11. Students are BRAND NEW to cheer and will have heaps of fun learning about the sport together.

To find out more, head to https://www.queenslandcheerelite.com.au/rec-program-info-pack for your information pack today.

We can’t wait to see you there, it’s going to be a BLAST!

QCE Coaching Team

Shannon Lester
2019 is in full swing

Just like that, the new year is well and truely upon us and school, cheer and work is full steam ahead.

We love seeing the athletes pile back into the gym, tanned and relaxed after some time off with their family and friends and ready for a new challenge ahead.

We focus on the basics in term 1 - lots and lots (AND LOTS) of repetition in order to ensure the foundations are good before the real skills begin. This can be challenging after the highs of Nationals at the end of 2018, but it is an important step in ensuring athletes are physically and mentally ready for more challening skills as the season progress. Patience is key!

We hope everyone is finding their feet and settling into the groove of their new teams but if you have any questions or concerns, now is the time to reach out and let us know - please shoot us an email at shannon@queenslandcheerelite.com.au and we would be happy to chat to you about your concerns.

Otherwise, happy cheering and see you at Parent Info Sessions which are coming up in Week 3 and 4.

-Shannon and Emma

Jaidev Vasudevan
2019 Placement Day - 1 sleep to go!

We have 2 days of training to go, and we have officially finished up for the 2018 season!

It is amazing to to look back and realise how far we have come as a program, as people, as athletes, as coaches! And that another year is almost done, and another is about to begin.

We hope that our families and athletes have had a great season with us. No one year is without its highs and lows, but as long as there is growth and a slow and steady move towards our goals, happiness and health, that’s all we can really ask.

We now gear up for our Placement Days for 2019, with sessions beginning tomorrow, Friday 14th of December and continue on Saturday 15th of December - different sessions are being held pending age, gym location and level.

For more information about these, please see our tryout packet here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10wLTWb8MXZMaahqPI91Qt1-BfPfnyv2l/view?usp=sharing

We are calling all semi-competitive parents this week to discuss the changes to our semi program for 2019, including some new teams - and hope to have your child along for the ride again in 2019. Please keep an eye out for these, or you can always email at any time for more information to reception@queenslandcheerelite.com.au

If you miss our Placement Days, we will have another intake in January 2019, so please just send us an email to be included in this information.

We hope all our QCE families, athletes and friends have a restful, connected and refreshing end to the year with time to relax and reset before the new year. We thank you again for your unwaivering support to our club and hope to see you all again in 2019.

Shannon and Emma

Jaidev Vasudevan
Nationals countdown is on!

Honestly, where has 2018 gone?

We now have our final competitions of the year, with DCE nearly upon us - this weekend, then Aussie Gold next weekend, and finally, Nationals - in 3.5 weeks time!

It is the best time in the gym in the lead up to these final competitions of the year. The athletes and coaches are feeling the crunch, but there is such satisfaction in pushing hard together towards a common goal.

Our coaches have worked tirelessly to make this season our strongest one yet - really putting in the hard yards to make all the final touches on the routines, upgrading skills and pushing the athletes to be their absolute best on the floor.

It’s also that time of year when you can feel the excitement building towards Christmas, holidays, sun, surf and time with family - there is only 7.5 weeks of the school year left, and it will all be here before we know it.

We wanted to take this time to thank all the parents and athletes for their support as we finish out the season and look on towards 2019. It’s been an amazing year with you all and we have loved every minute so far.

Now, it’s time for heads down and a bit of hustle, as we really make these final weeks count for all our teams. We hope everyone is enjoying the excitement in the air and seeing the routines shine, it really is something special to be a part of.

See you at the finish line!

Shannon and Emma

Jaidev Vasudevan
Riding the Emotional Wave - Our Session with Kids and Teens Psychology

We were grateful to engage the services of Matt Strickland from from Kids and Teens Psychology and were thrilled to have 30 QCE parents attend the session with us. 

I will start by saying, for any Psychologist out there... I am not one :) So feel free to add to my notes as I am just a mere cheer coach who is best trying to convey what I took from the session.

The major take away (from my perspective) was about the concept of the "Emotional Wave" - whereby when there is something that might be triggering for your child: a stressful situation like an upcoming competition, an assignment, a speech they have to give, having an issue with a friend at school etc, we see their emotions start to rise. We also see that the emotion will gradually and eventually fall away, as they move through these feelings, the stressor passes etc.

I thought it was helpful to think of emotions like this, and to convey to your children that emotions are always temporary - (except if there is a more long term issue, which should be addressed in a different way).

As a secondary part to this concept, was the idea of when/where and how to intervene as your child is riding the wave. For example, at the beginning, when the emotion has just taken hold, i.e a bit of anxiousness about an upcoming event - this might be where we can use acknowledgement and validation i.e. "this must be very difficult for you," "I can see how that might be making you feel..." etc. When the emotion is reaching the top of the wave, your child might be in a state past where words are useful, and either giving them some space, i.e. "I am just going to give you to some time to process this, but I am just outside." Or giving them some tools to calm, "I am going to run a bath for you" or "let's watch a bit of TV/go for a walk" and then once they are down the other side of the wave, you might be able to begin the process of acknowledgement and validation again.

The final part was about the physicality of the brain - which I thought was the most helpful part of the presentation. I found it really relevant to understand what was actually happening inside the brain when emotions are taking hold - and the impact this has, especially upon children and teens, who are less able to control this process.

You can see a diagram here: 

https://www.google.com.au/search?q=limbic+system+frontal+cortex&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiEgqKM3o7dAhUPBIgKHahOAVwQ_AUICigB&biw=1920&bih=894#imgrc=myhJnvE0OyMZoM: 

As you can see in the diagram, the limbic system is a smaller part of the brain. This is the part of the brain that takes over during these times of overwhelm when we are in "flight or fight"... otherwise known as a teen meltdown (or toddler, in my experience!). If we link this back to the Emotional Wave, this is the part of the brain your child is acting from when in the grips of strong emotion.

The other part of the brain in the diagram is the frontal cortex - this is the part of the brain responsible for memory, judgement, impulse control and social behaviour.

Interestingly, when we are responding to a stressor, blood drains from the frontal context to the limbic system, meaning, that the brain is unable to access the parts of the brain it really needs to access, to deal rationally with what is presenting in their life at that moment.

By helping out child ride up and over the wave with the strategies outlined above (and in the handout attached to this), we are helping them come back from the reptilian brain, into their rational brain, where they may actually be able to problem solve and deal with the issue themselves, as they are now physically able to, as their frontal cortext is now back online.

I hope you found this helpful - please feel to add any learnings you found useful. I really enjoyed learning more about this and have been applying this to my son Julian (who is 2), when he is having a full body melt-down about Peanut Butter on his toast rather than Vegemite... "I know that you really wanted Peanut Butter mate, that must be really hard for you.." - sounds silly, but it's serious business to a 2 year old, as anyone with a toddler would know.

- Shannon

Jaidev Vasudevan
Share the Dignity at QCE

This year, we decided that we would like to include one major charity drive in the year, so that as a community, we can give back to the larger community, and create some conversation between coaches and athletes around some of the issues facing others, and what we can be doing ourselves, to support those less fortunate than ourselves. 

In 2019, QCE decided to support the charity Share the Dignity. If you would like to know more about this fantastic charity, you can check out their website, here: https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/

Every year in Australia, thousands of homeless women are forced to endure their periods without access to sanitary items – imagine having to chose between buying food or pads/tampons, during an already stressful time of your life.

Throughout the month of August, we have had donation boxes at both our gyms,  and have been humbled by the number of QCE families who have donated to support these women so they too can have the dignity that so many of us take for granted.

We are thrilled that at last count, we had 620 packs of pads and tampons ready to go to Share the Dignity. With another week left, we are hoping we can reach our goal of 1000 packs!

We are so proud of what the QCE community has been willing to contribute and look forward to seeing the final count at the end of the month.  

 

 

Jaidev Vasudevan