Whose got spirit? The Norwalk Packers Youth Cheerleaders that's who! The Packers are back from Florida with not one, but two national championship titles.
Anne Aguiar Asta, one of the U13 Coaches said, "These two teams were the first teams from the Norwalk Cheerleading program to ever win National Championships."
Jessica Pia, cheerleader on the U13 Squad said, "It was an amazing experience. I was just so thrilled to win first place and it was surprising and overwhelming at some points."
Both U10 and U13 Squads took first place in their division during the 2013 American Youth Cheer National Championships earlier this month.
Aguiar Asta said, "Our entire coaching staff is so proud of them. They have come so far. Both teams had so many obstacles to overcome this year with injuries, illness, people just not being able to fufill their commitment on the team that we were changing the routines right up until a week before regionals."
Pia added, "We practice like four days a week every week [since August when the season starts] and at the beginning we had some rough patches with our team working together. But we really bonded and just got together and it was really fun. It's like my second family."
The cheerleaders say it took a lot of work to make it to Florida but it was well worth it.
Brynn Spielman, cheerleader on the U13 Squad said, "It was probably the happiest feeling in the world for me. I was so proud of everyone that I have gotten to know for half a year and it was amazing."
Josie Marshall, cheerleader on the U10 Squad said, "I was nervous to go to Florida because I didn't know if we were going to win first place or not because we went against 10 teams and when we won first place, it was like you can't explain it."
Josie's twin sister Rosie, also on the U10 Squad said, "It was exciting and I was also nervous at the same time because there's this one team that always beats us. But it was fun to beat them this time."
Coaches say while they hope for more victories in the future, they also hope the girls never forget their historic win.
Aguiar Asta said, "They might outgrow their shirts, they might outgrow their jackets but at the end of the day, they have these memories they made. They made history and I think they probably made friendships that will last a lifetime."