Last summer, hundreds of athletes made their way to London to compete in the heavily followed, summer Olympics. Now, a local athlete is hoping to make the same trek towards London, and while she won’t be in the Olympics, she will be representing a group from the United States in the London New Year’s Day parade.
Sami Fullmer is a cheerleader at Rigby High School and recently was selected as one of 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. to perform in the famous London New Year’s Day parade.
“It’s definitely an outstanding feeling, like, it’s so cool being able to know that I get to be the one that gets to go to London to be in the New Year’s Day parade, I get to be the one to go get this opportunity” said Sami.
For this chance of a lifetime, Sami had to compete against 325,000 cheerleaders from all over the U.S.
She is considered to be in the top 12% of cheerleaders nation-wide.
“There’s definitely a lot of hours put into this, like there’s a lot more than people think, we practice every single day before school and like, we go 7 to 9 every day” continued Sami.
Sami got into cheerleading and gymnastics when she was about three years old.
“I think that if you’re starting to like something, don’t ever give it up b/c you can go far in it in life and you will go far in it in life if you put the effort towards it and just don’t ever give up on anything” said Sami.
Sami and her squad will have the chance to tour London for a week.
Even though Sami gets to go to London she still has to pay for her stay and airfare; she will be hosting a barbeque at Civitan Park in Idaho Falls from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday to help raise money for her trip.