Trustees

ParaCheer International is currently run by five trustees. A full Board of Trustees will be appointed in due course.

Chair: Rick Rodgers

Contact: rick@paracheer.org

Rick has been involved in the cheerleading industry since 2005, first as an athlete and then as a coach. Following an accident in 2008 leaving him with a permanent disability he created Wheelchair Partner Stunt, a worlds first, which found him performing to audiences in the UK, Europe and at the World Championships in the USA. Inspired by his performances, the International Cheerleading Union approached Rick to ask if he would take on a leading role in developing a new branch of the sport of cheerleading to allow more people with disabilities to perform at a high level, coining the term ParaCheer. Rick has certifications in Disability Awareness in Sport and also Long Term Athlete Development, he has spent the last few years dancing for Candoco Dance Company and teaching with them at workshops in inclusive practice and contemporary dance.  He recently also qualified as a Wheelchair Dance Sport instructor.

Board Member: Jayme Rodgers

Contact: jayme@paracheer.org

Jayme has been involved in cheerleading since 2005, competing with several different teams over a 6 year period, attending coaches clinics and intensive training workshops to learn as much about this wonderful sport as possible, and working behind the scenes at cheerleading competitions. Jayme performed alongside Rick as his backspot for Wheelchair Partner Stunt. Jayme is a qualified Yoga Teacher and has studied Adaptive Yoga, an approach celebrating the universal elements of yoga and how this can be applied to different bodies. She has recently qualified as a Wheelchair Dance Sport instructor. She is passionate about making physical activities accessible to all through an open minded approach and creative thinking. She also works as a Support/Access Worker, enabling disabled people to live and work as independently as possible through providing support in those areas that it is required.

Board Member: Joey Cuthbert

Contact: joey@paracheer.org

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Joey has over 10 years experience as a cheerleading coach and athlete. She was the Co-Founder and Programme Director of the London City Stars for 8 years, and is now Director and Head Coach for Kent based cheerleading programme Inspire Allstars Cheer and Dance. Joey trained professionally as a dancer and choreographer, with a postgraduate specialism in integrated dance practice. She has taught and choreographed for a wide range of disability, special needs and integrated companies, as well as having guest lectured on integrated dance practice and dance with SEN for Trinity Laban’s Postgraduate Diploma in Community Dance and their Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning (Children and Young People). Joey has also led numerous Professional Development days on dance and disability for Green Candle Dance Company, London Youth Dance, The National Autistic Society, Greenwich Dance and the Islington Arts Factory.

 

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