In 2015 Cassidy's gymnastics coach, Melvin Sanchez, asked if we'd be interested in letting her try Pole Sport. At the time I had never heard of Pole Sport, and the only thing I could associate it with was exotic dancers. Fortunately Melvin was quick to dispel our preconceived notions. Pole Sport is a competitive aerial and acrobatic event. It combines dance, gymnastics, and incredible strength and skill. Both men and women of all ages compete all over the world.
Cassidy began training a couple hours a week and performed in showcases at a local dance theater. In the fall of 2016 Melvin felt that she would be ready to compete at the US Pole Sports and Arts Federation National Championships as a elite competitor. The Championship would be in March of 2017. Cassidy trained in both gymnastics and pole, over 20 hours a week preparing for competition. On top of this she earned straight A's in all over her 6th grade classes, with the highest GPA in her class for Math, Science, English and HistoryAt the end of February Cassidy was practicing a dismount from the balance beam when she landed wrong, fracturing her tibia and almost tore her ACL. She was devastated to learn that she was to avoid all weight-bearing activity for 8-12 weeks, with Nationals only 2 weeks away. Not to be discouraged, Cassidy and Melvin decided she would do her routine on one leg. Even if she couldn't do a full routine, at least she'd be there. They spent the next week re-working her routine.
She arrived at Nationals ready to give it her best shot. Her routine was still judged by the same criteria and skills. Despite being on one leg, Cassidy took second place, receiving a silver medal and securing a spot on the US team at the POSA World Championships.
The 2017 World Championships are being held in Schaan, Liechtenstein this December. She will have the honor of competing against girls from Albania, Czech Republic, Japan, Italy, and Finland.
We're raising funds to help cover Cassidy's travel expenses and competition fees, including airfare to Europe, transportation, and hotel.
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