THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA
The academic year 2018/2017 was a very successful one. Both teams improved in skill level, participated in new competitions and won several trophies. Early in the year both teams competed at All-Level West in Germany. COED won first place, and the brand new SMOED won fourth place, thus participating for the first time at such level. It was followed by Royals Cup in April, where SMOED won second place, and Champions Trophy in May, where they won third place. Meanwhile the COED team participated in all rounds of Dutch Nationals, and became Dutch National Champions 2018. It was followed by European Cheerleading Championship in Helsinki.
THE WINNING STREAK OF 2017
Both teams worked hard during the academic year 2016/2017 and brought many trophies to Maastricht. The COED team won all round of Dutch nationals, thus becoming National Champions 2017. They also participated at Champion’s Trophy, where their performance won them second place. The academic year ended with the participation of the COED team at the official European Cheerleading Championship in Prague!
In addition to that, the SMOED team can celebrate the victory at Royals Cup 2017, which was their first major performance.
THE EXPERIENCED COED AND THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED SMOED OF 2017
Our most experienced Captains yet, Jonas Canisius (Captain) and Fabia Feykens (Co-Captain) took over the Coed Team in September 2016. This overly ambitious duo already established the ultimate winning routine for the upcoming Euromasters 2016 over the summer and are eager to teach us the required skills during the official practice times, as well as in our free time in the park.
Jonas also became our official coach in the name of UM Sports.
In addition, we converted our former All-Girl Team into a Smoed (Small Coed) Team, i.e. there are also male cheerleaders in this team from now on.
Christina Akinshina and Rebecca Busch from the Coed-Team became part of the Smoed-Team’s Captain Trio, which also includes Carolyn Gaumet from the former All-Girl Team, who is now the official Captain.
THE OFFICIAL ASSOCIATION OF 2016
Kimberly Dinnissen (Captain) Tobias Müller (Co-Captain) became Team Captains of the Maastricht University at the end of 2015 and continued the prideful work of Julia Kotamäki. In addition, the UM Cheerleading team became an official association with its first board (President: Merel, Secretary: Leon, Treasurer: Louis, External Relations: Saskia) and thus joined UM Sports. The team also expanded by splitting into two separate teams, a Coed competitive team and an All-Girl team. The Coed-team successfully participated in the first round of the Dutch National Cheerleading Championships 2016 in February and won first place. In addition to that we are planning to team up with the current second-placed team of the Coed-Team at Dutch Nationals, to participate in the upcoming European Championships in Vienna this July!
At the Second Round of Dutch National Cheerleading Championship we made second place but improved our performance by 3 points in comparison to the previous round. Nevertheless, our rivals improved as well. Now we are focused to train hard for the final round and win first place again to become Dutch National Champions.
In April the All-Girl tea
accompanied by the Coed-Team represented Maastricht
University at the sports competition Royals Cup 2016, which is hosted in our beloved home town Maastricht and made first place.
The Coed-Team also competed in the annual Champions Trophy in Hamburg this May and won first place against other amazing University Cheerleading Teams.
In June, we participated in the Final Round of Dutch National Cheerleading Championship and made second place. This win qualified us to participate in the European Championship 2016 in July in Vienna. For this we combined the teams Partisans Athletics (Dutch National Champions) and Maastricht University Cheerleading (Vice Dutch National Champions) and won 7th place out of 10!
We can proudly say that the year 2016 was one of our most successful and eventful years yet…
THE ROYAL TEAM OF 2015
Julia Kotamäki (Captain) and Fabienne Köster (Co-Captain) took over the leadership of the team in 2015. This years team took everything to a new level: new members, new uniforms (with “UM” since we were no longer just “SBE” students), new skills, new sponsors and more motivation. So far the team has performed at a local high school in Maastricht, at a Lacrosse game day in Maastricht, and in a Rabobank commercial. The team was overjoyed when again we won first place at Champions Trophy with a routine full of new, more challenging stunts and choreographies. Watch our performance at Champions Trophy here. We were also honored to be able to perform at the first ever Royals Cup hosted at home in Maastricht. The winning streak did not end there. Maastricht University Cheerleading won another trophy at the legendary event Euromasters in Vallendar, which equates to two successful competitions with this unforgettable team of 2015.
THE WINNING TEAM OF 2014
Janneke Geven (Captain) and Fez Kilic (Co-Captain) took over in 2014, and wasted no time setting up try outs to recruit new members to replace those who had left for exchange. Membership of the cheerleading team was originally limited only to SBE students, but with talent and previous cheerleading experience being displayed by students from other faculties, the cheerleading team recruited its first non-SBE members. The team was really motivated, learned lots of new skills and put together great performances, first at Champions Trophy where the team narrowly missed first place (only first place was announced), and then at Euromasters – where the team finally experienced winning first place for the first time. You can watch our performance here. We also started building our reputation in Maastricht by performing in Maastricht’s version of Happy by Pharell Williams. And featured in a Breaking Maas episode.
THE BRIDGING TEAM OF 2013
EM 2013Carina Wagner (Captain) and Vicky Sobiech (Co-Captain) took over in 2013. Some members from the 2012 team left for their exchange semesters, so the team arranged its very first try out session. The turn up at the try outs, despite the team not being very well known yet was surprising. With members selected, motivation grew exponentially and more challenging stunts were attempted, and choreographies were stepped up. The team created it’s Facebook page and even performed during the halftime of an official Basketball League game in Trier, Germany. Finally, Euromasters came about again, and according to the judges who had a tough time deciding, the team just missed 3rd place.
THE FOUNDING TEAM OF 2012
The Maastricht University cheerleading team was set up in 2012 by Laura Rolfsen (Captain) and Nadja Krott (Co-Captain) in order for Maastricht University’s teams (made up of SBE students) to join WHU Euromasters with a cheerleading team. Laura and Nadja gathered their friends that were passionate about dance (ballet, jazz dance, disco dance, and more) and some boys who were willing to help out. They trained at the Mac sports club in Maastricht, and in a sports hall nearby. With no technique and some pretty intense stunt trainings, the team managed to lift some girls up in the air – just before Euromasters. The team of 2012 laid the foundation for the teams that came in the following years.