Connect Cheer NW Twilight Places 3rd at the Cheerleading Worlds


Connect Cheer NW

Local cheerleaders on Connect Cheer NW Twilight pose for a picture after placing 3rd at the Cheerleading Worlds

June 1, 2022 Bellevue, Washington – Of all the cheer competitions I’ve been to in the past five years, the 2022 Cheerleading Worlds was by far the most memorable as my team, Twilight, placed 3rd, the highest a team from the Pacific Northwest has ever placed.

This was my second year on Twilight, the highest level team at Connect Cheer NW, a cheer gym in Bellevue. Connect is one of the largest cheer gyms in the state and Pacific Northwest, but no gym from the state or region has gained much attention on a world-wide level.

Last year, we placed 7th at Worlds, the highest our gym had ever placed thus far, but we wanted to do even better. Placing 7th helped bring attention to our gym and the fact that we could be competitive outside of local competitions. Placing at least in the top five was a goal we had going into the 2021-22 season.

One of my coaches, Britton, likes to say that cheer is the hardest sport out there. One of the reasons why cheer is so hard is because the sport is usually dominated by big-name gyms who recruit people from all over the world to be on their teams that usually practice at least five days a week for over five hours a day. Our gym is a lot smaller and made up of athletes from western Washington. We usually practice three times a week for about two hours.

While it may seem that Connect is at a disadvantage on paper, the results show otherwise. It doesn’t take the hardest 2-minute and 32-second routine to place top three at worlds, it takes a group of athletes who are committed to each other and can perform their routine to the absolute best of their abilities.


No matter how we placed, it was clear that Twilight would go down as one of the most successful teams in our program’s history. We were satisfied with our performances, both day one and two, and our coaches were proud of us for them.

Placing 3rd at Worlds was the perfect way for us to end our successful season and put our gym on the map.