Old Greenwich residents Camille and Cameron Monette are seeing their long days of cheerleading practice with Xtreme Cheer CT start to pay off.
During last weekend’s Varsity Athletic Championship National competition in Providence, R.I., Xtreme Cheer CT, won first place
Camille, a 15-year-old at Greenwich High School, and Cameron, a 13-year-old at Eastern Middle School, started the 2012-13 cheerleading season with Xtreme Cheer CT, an All-Star competitive cheerleading team based in Norwalk. The girls, along with fellow Greenwich athletes Alexis Zaballos, Kayle Gaone and Lara Gabriele, will also compete on Senior Level 5 and Senior Level 4 teams.
The girls will travel to New Jersey, Rhode Island, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, and other parts of Connecticut for competitions between now and May.
The Monette sisters started cheerleading in the third grade on the Old Greenwich town Generals football cheer squad, then added training in Byram at Liberty All-Stars. That was followed by training in Brookfield at Northeast Tropics All-Stars. Finally, they ended up with the Xtreme Cheer CT team. Over the summer, Camille and Cameron spend their summers at Woodward Cheer Camp in Pennsylvania.
Two weeks ago, the NBC show America’s Got Talent requested a video of them at practice as potential competitors.
This year, both sisters hope Xtreme Cheer CT qualifies for a second year at Worlds in Orlando, Fla., which gets under way in April. The Cheerleading Worlds is considered the Olympics of cheerleading. There are currently more than 100,000 participants around the world in countries including Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.