"I am a coach because of the kids and the passion I have for the sport itself. There is no other feeling quite like helping young athletes further develop their natural persistence, determination, discipline, dedication, resiliency, work ethic, heart, leadership skills, connection with, and respect for others, not only in competition but in life!"
Our coaches are trained in First Aid, CPR, Concussion Management, and Respect in Sport.
Viola McNeil is the head coach at Cheer Force. She is always present when Cheer Force has classes running and she oversees the development of our Coaches’ in Training and Junior Coaches’. She has been involved in cheerleading since 2005 and has competed All-Star level 1-5, Jr High and High School in Nova Scotia. She strives to pass on her passion for cheer to the youth of Cold Lake and teach them leadership, confidence and athleticism through sport. She has coached ages 3-40 and levels 1-3 All-Star as well as High School. She was a certified judge for the 2016-2017 season, but switched her focus to coaching in 2017 when she started the Cheer Force club. She continues to keep up with her judges’ training in order to apply that knowledge to coaching. Viola was honored to be nominated for the 'Coach of the Year' award for the province of Alberta in both 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.
“My favorite thing about coaching is seeing an athletes’ face light up when they achieve a new skill that they once thought impossible, overcome an obstacle, or hit a perfect routine at competition. That is what it is all about - building confidence, friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. When I think back on my childhood, I have so many amazing memories from my time as a cheerleader and so many incredible coaches’ who made a huge impact on my life. I strive to inspire the athletes’ of Cheer Force the way my coaches’ inspired me.”
Levels 1-4 stunt and tumbling certification: International All-Star Federation
Level 3 certification: Alberta Cheerleading Association
Judges Training: 2016-present
Diploma in Primary Care Paramedicine
Megan Rowe is in her 4th season as an athlete and 2nd as a coach. Megan has competed in High School level 1, High School level 3 coed, senior level 2 and senior level 3. Megan has a strong work ethic and is always smiling, the girls look up to her and she is an excellent role model! This season she is coaching the Mini Hawks team, recreational, and is helping out with the Junior Hornets team on Sunday’s. She coached the Youth competitive team last year and they had a very successful season with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finish at their competitions.
Level 1 and 2 stunt and tumbling certification: International All-Star Federation
Our Junior Coaching program is a leadership opportunity for our older athletes. Junior Coaches have at least 1 year of experience on a team and go through an extensive application, interview, testing and training process. Our Junior Coaches are excellent role models for our younger athletes to look up to and attend frequent training sessions to expand on their knowledge. Junior Coaches’ do not coach alone and are always under the supervision of our head coach.