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Struthers cheerleader with disabilities wins first place in cheerleading competition

Struthers cheerleader with disabilities wins first place in cheerleading competition


It was a big moment this past weekend for children with disabilities when a 10 year old Struthers cheerleader won first place in a cheerleading competition. Tonight the story of Mya Spurlock and her winning tumble. It’s Saturday at Austintown Middle School and 10 year old Struthers Little Wildcat cheerleader Mya Spurlock takes the floor in the tumble competition of the Steel Valley Youth Conference. “YEAH MYA” With fellow cheerleader Jessica Burk helping NAT SOUND CROWD Mya completed four backward rolls. “SHE WAS LIKE DEAD WEIGHTING ME KIND OF, I’M LIKE COME ON MYA WE GOT TO DO THIS COME ON. AND THEN IT GOT EASIER AS WE WENT.” “MY SISTER COULDN’T HANDLE HER OR TAKE OF HER TOO WELL, AND SHE ASKED ME IF I WOULD TAKE HER AND BY ALL MEANS.” Donna Chismark is Mya’s stepmother. “SHE HAS CEREBRAL PALSY, SPASTIC HEMIPLEGIA, SHE HAS SENSORY ISSUES, A LITTLE BIT OF DOWNS.” Mya was among the cheerleaders as they met this afternoon before practice. This is her first year cheerleading — and her coach Julie Mirich was a bit nervous at first. “I HAVE BEEN AROUND PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ALL THROUGHOUT MY LIFE SO I WAS KIND OF EXCITED TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE HER ON THE TEAM.” But the relationship between Mya and the other girls has been great. “SHE’S BEEN AN INSPIRATION AND THE GIRLS HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL HELPING HER.” “THEY PRETTY MUCH TAKE HER TO BE LIKE THEIR OWN COUSIN, KIND OF.” On Saturday — when the winners were announced — Mya was awarded first place in the youth beginner tumble competition. “I WON FIRST PLACE. YOU WON FIRST PLACE? YEP. DO YOU LIKE CHEERLEADING? YES I LIKE CHEERLEADING.” “I CRIED AND EXCITEMENT, JOYMENT JUST SO EVERYBODY ELSE AND OTHER DISABLED KIDS COULD SEE THAT YOU REALLY CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO.” “ONE, TWO, THREE CATS…” If you’re wondering why Mya was wearing a WKBN jacket — well, she was cold and was ok with using mine. Her stepmother also had only positive things to say about the people at the cheerleading competition. The organizers for allowing them to use some help — and the other teams for congratulating her after she won.

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