Youve got to hand it to local cheerleading diehards Krystal Penney and Amy Small. The pair of 20-somethings who started out as school cheerleading coaches are now the co-owners of a thriving cheerleading academy, of sorts, called Terra Nova Elite.
The business is thriving, but only in terms of its success on the mats the team recently won its level at nationals in Halifax, picking up some lofty honours along the way.
Nobody in cheerleading has ever made any money. As much as we love it, we dont get anything out of it to support ourselves with, says Penney.
The $50 monthly membership fee they take in from roughly 130 members pays the rent, keeps the lights on, the water running and is now helping to pay for a $15,000 sprung floor like the ones used at Cygnus and Campia gymnastics.
Its not that we want to make money, we just dont want to have to quit. Amy and I love it. We want to do this for the rest of our lives, we really dont want to do anything else.
Doing it just for the love? Not for accolades or pats on the back? Just to see the sport and its participants find success? Brilliant. Refreshing.
I can think of a few provincial sports organizations that could use a couple young, selfless ladies like Krystal and Amy.