the cua story
We’re building a positive and healthy cheerleading community in Australia
Sisters Bri and Jakky began cheerleading competitively in 2001. They were lucky enough to travel the world together competing and performing in cheer and dance events across the globe.
After experiencing the exciting and passionate cheerleading culture, and the high quality competitions, in the USA, Jakky and Bri decided they wanted to bring the best of these events to Australia.
In 2011, the determined sisters established CUA, and held their first Stars N Stripes event in a small West Australian venue with 200 competitors taking part.
Driven by excitement and passion, CUA has grown to become a leading organisation within the Australian cheer community.
The CUA Championships Series now includes four large-scale events each year: Rock N Cheer (WA and QLD), Spring State Titles (WA and SA) and Stars N Stripes Grand Championships (WA). They attract up to 1600 competitors at each event, and fill large stadiums with spectators and supporters.
As well as meeting the needs of the cheer athletes, CUA is also heavily invested in supporting the structures that drive the cheer community in Western Australia. Through their Pre-Season Summit they strive to educate and inspire the coaching community. Their drawcard events include the esteemed CUA Coach Conference, USASF Credentialing, as well as provision of high quality, custom workshops and choreography.
Bri and Jakky thoroughly enjoy working together, and strive for excellence and continuous improvement in all areas of the organisation. They work hard to ensure that their shared values of kindness, inclusively, equality, respect, fairness, integrity and excellence flow through every aspect of their business decisions, and they remain passionate about inspiring a positive and healthy cheer and dance community in Australia.
Find out more about Jakky
Jakky has been involved in competition cheerleading for 15 years, during which time she has been a coach, choreographer and competitor at an international level.
She began coaching gymnastics at aged 13, before going on to coach cheerleading and dance with F2C All Stars for 10 years, working with all age groups and levels. She has coached and choreographed a number of national and international champion routines, most notably coaching successful teams at the Aloha Spirit Championships in Hawaii in 2010, and CANAM Cheer & Dance Championships in South Carolina in 2008.
As an athlete, Jakky competed with the Perth Angels during their reign as eight-time Australian Champions, and also competed with the team at the 2007 World Championships in Florida. She has also represented Australia at the Thailand National Championships in 2005, and as a promotional cheerleader in Hong Kong in 2004.
Jakky also had the opportunity to build her skills in business development, administration and marketing through her management role at three F2C All Stars gyms from 2009 - 2013.
She is passionate about working with communities to educate and inspire a healthier and positive lifestyle, and in particular she has a heart for working with disadvantaged people. She is currently adding to her qualifications, by completing a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion.
In her spare time, you'll find Jakky kayaking, reading, going to pilates, camping, hiking and exploring nature. She enjoys dining out and spending quality time with family, friends and her animals, and she also loves being at home preparing nutritious and delicious meals.
Find out more about Bri
Bri was a competitive gymnast from the age of 5.. She competed until she was 16 years old and was a coach until she was 20. The move to cheerleading was a natural progression and, like Jakky, she has been involved in cheerleading for 15 years.
Among her achievements, Bri founded the Perth Angels and coached them through their impressive 8 year reign as National Champions. Considered a founder of cheerleading in Australia, she also started WA’s first cheerleading gym, Fit 2 Cheer, in 2002. It grew rapidly from 5 to 200 athletes and expanded to 3 gyms across the Perth Metropolitan region.
As a competitor, Bri has represented Australia multiple times over her career. In 2004, she represented Australia at the Sport Aerobics World Championships in Bulgaria. Bri has also competed in the World Cheerleading Championships, also coaching teams at this event in 2007 and 2011.
Bri’s contribution to athleticism and sport in Australia has frequently been recognised by national bodies. She has been nominated for Australian of the Year in 2005, GWA coach of the year in 2003-2005, and GA coach of the year in 2004. She was also a member of the GA Sports Management Committee, helping to develop the growth of cheerleading in Australia. She contributed to the development of the Australian Independent Scoring System (AISS) in 2015, which is used by cheerleading event producers throughout Australia.
Bri is an Accredited USASF coach credentialer, and also holds a Bachelor of Physical & Health Education (Human Movement). In her spare time, Bri loves rollerblading, camping and anything at the beach! Her ideal start to the day is running on the beach and enjoying a delicious, homemade green smoothie. She is passionate about whole foods and healthy living, and loves inspiring others to live a healthy and fulfilled life.