Monash Mystics cheer their way to the World University Championships

Cheer group

National Championships 2013

Sixteen Monash University cheerleaders are set to take on their biggest challenge yet at the World University Cheerleading Champions in Florida this month.

The Monash Mystics will be the first ever Australian university team to compete in the cheer division, held at Disneyworld in front of thousands of spectators from a number of countries.

Team member Caitlin Jukes said the team has been training four times a week for the last seven weeks and are looking forward to competing against the best teams in the world.

“This is the Olympics of university cheerleading. It’s not about cheesy grins and fake tans, but dedication to training and a bond between a team to become the best in the world,” Caitlin said. 

The Monash Mystics are made up of a variety of students, from aerospace engineering to occupational therapy, all of whom have been committed to training and preparing for the Games.

Director of TeamMONASH™, Martin Doulton, said it was a remarkable milestone for such a young sports team.

“Attending the Games in Florida is a fantastic achievement for the Mystics, particularly as half the team have only been cheering since 2013," Mr Doulton said.

“Monash University wishes the girls the best of luck and congratulates them on their achievement so far”.

The Games will run from the 17 to 19 January 2014 in Orlando, Florida.