'Team Canada' named World Champions in two divisions



    
       Canadian cheerleading teams take home the gold at the 2009 ICU
                             World Championships
    

    ORLANDO, FL, April 26 /CNW/ - Canada has reason to stand tall today, as
both 'Team Canada' squads earned monumental victories at the International
Cheer Union's World Cup of Cheerleading. Bringing home the gold medal in both
the Elite All Girl division and the Elite Coed division, the Canadian athletes
dominated in a landslide victory.
    "This is the sweetest win any coach could hope for," said Chris
Hollingsworth, coach of Team Canada's Coed team. "These athletes have poured
their hearts into training for the competition, and to take home two World
Championships is a testament to the level of talent Canada holds."
    The All Girl team took the stage first, triumphing over the favoured
Colombians by a massive margin and outscoring second place by over 70 points.
Team Canada Coed finished 26 points ahead of the Chilean team, clinching the
second gold of the day.
    The double win is a huge triumph for Canadian cheerleading, which just
recently received a boost from newly signed sponsor and number 1 supporters,
Virgin Mobile Canada. "We are incredibly proud to stand behind Team Canada and
their outstanding accomplishments," said Nathan Rosenberg, Virgin Mobile Chief
Marketing Officer and head cheerleading fan. "These exceptional young athletes
have set the bar high, and we're thrilled to be a part of the future of
Canadian cheerleading."
    The two Canadian teams join Team USA as World Champion victors for the
inaugural Nation's Cup competition held in Orlando, FLA. Following true
Canadian tradition, one of the team Canada athletes placed a "Loonie" under
the performance floor as a good-luck charm.
    "Having the chance to compete at the international level was an amazing
experience. Standing with my teammates while they played the Canadian anthem
will forever be one of the proudest moments of my life," said Nicole
Kraumanis, Team Canada member. "I am incredibly grateful for this
opportunity."

    About Canadian Cheer Union

    In its inaugural year the Canadian Cheer Union (CCU) has brought together
the highest caliber of athletes and coaches from across the country, creating
two elite teams set to represent the nation at the International Cheer Union
World Cup Championship. Athletes were selected from a pool of hundreds,
training in various cities across Canada and uniting for one week to train as
the elite Team Canada. The CCU joined over 40 other nations at this
prestigious event.

    About Virgin Mobile

    The Virgin Mobile group of companies has attracted more than 12 million
customers worldwide. As the No.1 mobile youth network, Virgin Mobile Canada's
mission is to be Canada's most loved mobile company. Its simpler, better deals
offer customers control, flexibility and choice to design mobile packages that
truly works for them. J.D. Power and Associates ranked Virgin Mobile highest
in customer satisfaction with prepaid wireless service for four years in a
row(1) and 91% of customers would recommend Virgin Mobile to a friend.
    Virgin Mobile phones are available at more than 4,000 locations with
top-up cards available at more than 10,000 locations nationally. Virgin Mobile
products can also be purchased online at http://www.virginmobile.ca or by
calling 1-888-999-2321.

    
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    (1) J.D. Power and Associates 2005-2008 Canadian Wireless Customer
        Satisfaction Studies(SM). Study based on 14,932 total responses from
        consumers with prepaid wireless service. Proprietary study results
        are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in
        October 2008. www.jdpower.com
    




For further information:

For further information: on Team Canada, please contact: Frank Vurro,
(416) 526-9660, frankvurro@cheeralliance.ca; For more information on Virgin
Mobile, please contact: Erica Faltous, Hill & Knowlton Canada, (416) 400-0171,
erica.faltous@hillandknowlton.ca; Chris Baines, Virgin Mobile Canada, (416)
556-3000, chris.baines@virginmobile.ca

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