ELITE - PRO TEAM PROFILES

Get to know the 2022/2023 team! 


Coaching Team


EMILIE - Owner & Head Coach

Nickname: Em / Ems

Work / Studying:

- Owner: Plymouth Cheerleaders and Procurement 

- Studying to become "Chartered" in Procurement & Supply 

- Honours Degree: Business Law 

Age: 27

Seasons as a cheerleader: Since 2010, 9 seasons in total due to a break for University 

What made you want to join the team? When I was 3 I would watch the Plymouth Raiders Cheerleaders and always aspired to be on the team

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Watching the Elites and students develop, perform and make incredible achievements. I get so much satisfaction knowing my actions can help others achieve their goals and dreams. 

Dance experience? 

- Trained in Dance and Performing Arts since I was 3 years old. Completed my main training at Italia Conti. Specialised in Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Commercial, Lyrical, Disco, Freestyle, Rock n Roll, Musical Theatre, Singing & Acting.

- Successfully auditioned and obtained a place within 3 Performing Arts Schools, attending Hammond.

- Performed at Piccadilly Theatre and Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and in 5 professional productions. Various local performances with Italia Conti Plymouth and the Plymouth Raiders Cheerleaders. 

What's your biggest accomplishment? 1) Setting up Plymouth Cheerleaders. 2) Being contacted with 24 hours’ notice (for security reasons) of a secret visit to Plymouth by Jacob Zuma (President of South Africa). Within 24 hours we had to put together a show for him and his entourage. 

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Expanding Plymouth Cheerleaders, continuing the growth and success of the business whilst contributing to the local community. 

3 words people would use to describe you: Ambitious, empathetic, devoted

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NATALIE - General Manager

Nickname: Nat / Catalie

Work / Studying:

- Full time mummy

- General Manager for Plymouth Cheerleaders

- Team coach for a restaurant

Age: 34

Seasons as a cheerleader: Since 2003, 9 seasons in total due to taking a break

What made you want to join the team? I went along to try outs for a friend and made it into teen vision. Since then cheer has always been apart of my life. 

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Over the years I would say making some true life long friends. Since becoming a coach it's definitely watching the kids grow. They honestly make cry when I see them perform.

What's your biggest accomplishment?

- Having the most beautiful family

- Getting to teach and inspire the next generation of Plymouth Cheerleaders, and being alongside Emilie in the journey of expanding Plymouth Cheerleaders

- Becoming a manager at the age of 18.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Still very much apart of Plymouth Cheerleaders in one way or another

3 words people would use to describe you: Depends who you ask. 🤣🤣 Stubborn 100%

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KATIE - Assistant Coach

Nickname: Kate / Kitkat

Work / Studying:

- Assistant Coach for Plymouth Cheerleaders
- Foundation Degree in Dance and Performing Arts 

Age: 20

Seasons as a cheerleader: 4 seasons

What made you want to join the team? Since I was little I went to see the Raiders basketball games and always wanted to be a cheerleader!

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Getting to perform with my friends in front of such an active crowd - my home has always been on stage. I also love getting to teach our Academy, Junior and Kids teams and to watch them perform and make great accomplishments. Seeing them grow in dance ability and confidence is incredibly rewarding.

Dance experience? I have been consistently dancing since the age of 3, firstly at Hi-Kix Dance Centre studying Tap, Modern, and Ballet. At 16, I went on to study at City College Plymouth and specialised in Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, Ballet, Commercial, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Street and improvisation, and I achieved a Level 3 Diploma. I have now graduated University with a Foundation Degree in Dance and Performing Arts.

What's your biggest accomplishment? Becoming Assistant Coach for the Cheerleaders!

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? In 3 years I hope to have travelled a lot more and to still be performing as it’s what I love most.

3 words people would use to describe you: Empathetic, playful, loving

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2022 - 2023 Elite Squad 


LORNA

Nickname: ROLO 

Work / Studying: Deployment Lead / Project Manager

Age: 31

Seasons as a cheerleader: My first season was 2005/2006 (had some breaks)

What made you want to join the team? I love to dance

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Dancing at the games

Dance experience? Disco freestyle, American style cheerleading at uni

What's your biggest accomplishment? Becoming a homeowner

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? In the audience! Ha


BONNIE

Nickname: Bon

Work / Studying:

- Hairdresser

- Studying "Mental Health Nursing"

Age: 25

Seasons as a cheerleader: Since 2016 (had some breaks)

What made you want to join the team? It’s a life long family, we have so many laughs and good times and dancing with my main girls who have the same passion I do!

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Feeling proud of what we can do as one, and as a squad

Dance experience? Since living in the states I’ve done Ballet, modern, tap, jazz, ballroom, street, freestyle and cheerleading.

What's your biggest accomplishment? Having Bluebell my daughter, she keeps me going just watching how strong she is for her age and fighting showing me that if she can do it anyone can!

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Qualified Nurse living a happy life with my Bluebell and making as many memories as we can together. 

3 words people would use to describe you: 

 

 


TANYA

Nickname: TJ / T / Smudge / Cardi

Work / Studying:

- Cafe Supervisor 

- Training to be a nail technician 

Age: 21

Seasons as a cheerleader: 4 seasons

What made you want to join the team? I have danced since a young age and wanted to try a different style

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Dancing at games

Dance experience? Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Commercial, and Musical Theatre

What's your biggest accomplishment? Accepted to study Midwifery at University 

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Not sure, just happy in myself, my job, and with positive people around me

3 words people would use to describe you: Sporty, loyal, loud


GABRIELLA

Nickname: Gabs

Work / Studying:

- Customer Service 

- Studying Business Adminstration 

Age: 19

Seasons as a cheerleader: 3 and a half seasons

What made you want to join the team? I wanted to join the team because I love dancing and wanted to be part of something. 

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Performing with my friends and sharing my favourite time with them

Dance experience? Level 3 extended diploma in dance at City College Plymouth. Ballet, Jazz, Commercial, Tap, Contemporary and Musical Theatre. 

What's your biggest accomplishment? Achieving all the goals I've set for myself 

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Rich and famous

3 words people would use to describe you: Funny, outgoing and trustworthy 


GEORGIA

Nickname: G

Work / Studying:

- Great Western Railway 

Age: 21

Seasons as a cheerleader: 3 and a half seasons

What made you want to join the team? Been cheerleading since young age. Attended Plymouth Raiders academy classes and camps. 

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Performing

Dance experience? Danced all my life, all different styles

What's your biggest accomplishment? I’ve achieved everything I’ve wanted to

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Home owner with 3 dogs and rich

3 words people would use to describe you: 


OLIVIA

Nickname: Liv

Work / Studying:

- BA Honours in Dance

- Gymnastics Coach

Age: 19

Seasons as a cheerleader: 3 seasons

What made you want to join the team? I got approached by the head coach (Emilie) and she asked if I was interested. I watched the videos of the squad dancing on court together and they looked incredible so I was like yes definitely. 

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Definitely performing!! I love engaging the audience by dancing. The atmosphere of the Patriot and Albion games are incredible. 

Dance experience? I have been dancing most of my life!!! I started off with street dance / commercial dancing, then ballroom and Latin and now cheerleading. I study dance which includes ballet, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre… honestly I do so much dance it’s crazy

What's your biggest accomplishment? Having the opportunity to teach my street / commercial classes

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? I would finish university and I will be looking to set up my own dance studio

3 words people would use to describe you: Caring, funny and kind 


KIRSTY

Nickname: Don't have one

Work / Studying:

- Hearing Care Assistant

Age: 31

Seasons as a cheerleader: 2 seasons

What made you want to join the team? I saw the Raiders cheerleaders perform years ago and ever since then I always wanted that to be me on court performing. It was quite literally my dream to be part of the team.

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Definitely being on court dancing with the loud music and flashing lights! Nothing beats it.

Dance experience? Nothing outside of cheer

What's your biggest accomplishment? Being on the squad, I never thought I would have the confidence to perform. Also my daughter, Ava, and my home and career

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Where I am now. I have everything I need and could want.

3 words people would use to describe you: Loyal, sleepy and loving 


LAURA

Nickname: Don't have one 

Work / Studying:

- Barista/Barmaid/Waitress

- Studying A Levels: Sport Science, Spanish & Biology

Age: 18

Seasons as a cheerleader: 2 seasons

What made you want to join the team? Always watching the basketball games and taking part in cheer camps growing up. 

What's your favourite part of being in the team?  Game days and socials 

Dance experience? Junior for the Plymouth Raiders Cheerleaders (PRC) & Academy Squad for the PRC and Patriots

What's your biggest accomplishment?My GCSE grades

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Studying at Uni!!

3 words people would use to describe you: Hyper, crazy, friendly 


LEAH

Nickname: Don't have one

Work / Studying:

- Studying Business and Maths

Age: 18

Seasons as a cheerleader: 2 seasons

What made you want to join the team? I used to be in academy before auditioning and I’ve always wanted to be part of the team

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Performing for everyone

Dance experience? Just cheer

What's your biggest accomplishment? Getting into the elite squad

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Hopefully happy in a job that I enjoy and still dancing

3 words people would use to describe you: Thoughtful, trustworthy, motivated 


EBONY

Nickname: Ebs

Work / Studying:

- Welcome/Event steward 

- Studying foundation Art and Design

Age: 18

Seasons as a cheerleader: 2 seasons

What made you want to join the team? I did an online class with Emilie and loved it so thought I’d try it out and audition

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Gamedays because we get to support the patriots, show off our hard work and most of all - dance!

Dance experience? I did competitive street dance for 3 years which included going to UDO Worlds and UDO British Championships

What's your biggest accomplishment? Saving a man’s life ,who was blue in the face and unable to breathe or talk, by changing over his oxygen tank

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? I will always be by the sea and I’ll definitely still be dancing!

3 words people would use to describe you: Hardworking, friendly, energetic 


LEONI

Nickname: I don't have one 

Work / Studying:

- Studying my A Levels: Psychology, Media and History 

Age: 18

Seasons as a cheerleader: 2 seasons

What made you want to join the team? I have been cheering for a long time on the kids team with Plymouth Raiders and always looked up to the elite team and aspired to be one of them.

What's your favourite part of being in the team? How supportive everyone is and the friendships i have made from being on team

Dance experience? I used to be on a competitive cheer team with stunting and tumbling

What's your biggest accomplishment? Passing my driving test

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? At university hopefully somewhere in London

3 words people would use to describe you: Intelligent, funny, and understanding 


SUMMER

Nickname: Don't have one

Work / Studying:

- Chinese takeaway 

- A Levels: Double Sport and Dance 

Age: 16

Seasons as a cheerleader: 1 season

What made you want to join the team? New experiences and new people to meet

What's your favourite part of being in the team? The friendships made in our cheer family and feeling comfortable dancing in front of the team without feeling embarrassed or judged

Dance experience? I took dance as a subject in school

What's your biggest accomplishment? Getting through tryouts to become a cheerleader

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Studying sport or dance in uni

3 words people would use to describe you: Crazy, funny and considerate 


AMY

Nickname: Ams

Work / Studying:

- Studying A levels: Photography & Art & Graphics

Age: 16

Seasons as a cheerleader: 1 season

What made you want to join the team? Watching how amazing the atmosphere was at basketball games

What's your favourite part of being in the team? The range of ages

Dance experience? I’ve done all different styles of dance since I was 7

What's your biggest accomplishment? Doing well in my GCSEs

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Travel around Europe to do photography

3 words people would use to describe you: Creative, motivating, and sweet


CAITLYN

Nickname: Cait

Work / Studying:

- Studying Performing Arts 

Age: 16

Seasons as a cheerleader: 1 season

What made you want to join the team? I wanted to try something new

What's your favourite part of being in the team? The people in the team look out for each other and help each other

Dance experience? I’ve been dancing since I was 3 so for 13 years doing tap,ballet,modern and jazz

What's your biggest accomplishment? Dancing in the ballroom tower

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Working full time from home and a more experienced dancer

3 words people would use to describe you: Crazy, thoughtful and friendly 


TAEGEN

Nickname: Tiggs

Work / Studying:

- Healthcare Assistant 

- Achieved level 3 diploma in Health & Social Care

Age: 19

Seasons as a cheerleader: 1 season

What made you want to join the team? Wanted to try something new and it’s looked amazing

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Learning new routines and feeling supported

Dance experience? Used to dance at my local dance studio

What's your biggest accomplishment? Getting my level 3 diploma in health and social care, and joining the elite squad this year

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? Either travelling or being a student paramedic

3 words people would use to describe you: Caring, trustworthy, and lovable


LOREN

Nickname: n/a

Work / Studying:

- 

Age: 17

Seasons as a cheerleader: 1 season

What made you want to join the team? I enjoy dancing and cheerleading

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Making friends

Dance experience? Been doing dance since I was 2

What's your biggest accomplishment? Got accepted into under 16s in performers college london

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? At dance college in London

3 words people would use to describe you:


KATHERINE

Nickname: Kat

Work / Studying:

- A levels: Biology, Chemistry, English

- Restaurant

Age: 17

Seasons as a cheerleader: 1 season

What made you want to join the team? I love to dance!!

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Learning super fun routines

Dance experience? 8 years of ballet, tap and modern

What's your biggest accomplishment? Travelling to the USA with The Legacy Choir to sing in commemoration of "The Mayflower 400" with American singing groups in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? At uni studying law

3 words people would use to describe you: Dedicated, funny and understanding 


MORGAN

Nickname: I don't have one

Work / Studying:

- A Levels: Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Criminology 

Age: 17

Seasons as a cheerleader: 1 season

What made you want to join the team? Seeing the Elites perform before the pandemic

What's your favourite part of being in the team? Sense of community

Dance experience? Travelled to Her Majesty’s Theatre London when i was 12 to be main character in lazy ace through my theatre and dance group. Danced in front of a few thousand people. Have danced since i was 5.

What's your biggest accomplishment? Persevering through every single one of my set backs

Where do you see yourself in 3 years? In Uni still hopefully on the cheer team

3 words people would use to describe you: Intelligent, ambitious, and considerate