The Olympics have ended and cheerleading has gone global.
The international cheerleading scene has been a long time coming.
I have been a cheerleader since I was 15.
I was the first cheerleader at a school I attended in South Australia, a suburb of Adelaide.
I joined the SAFC in 2002, but it was a different time.
In the years since, I have watched the sport evolve.
It was the perfect fit for me as a young girl.
I enjoyed the challenge of being the first woman cheerleader.
There were many different competitions in the early days, but as the sport became more and more popular, I found myself wanting to take part in the bigger events.
When I finally joined the USA National Championship in 2016, it was the right time.
I had been looking forward to it for a few years, but the USOC had not had a woman cheerleading team for more than two decades.
The USOC is now on its fifth USWNT team and there are now more than 70 women in the team.
My first competition was at the 2016 Olympics in London.
I competed against a male cheerleader, but I was so nervous that I did not want to compete against her.
I wanted to get in better shape for the competition and to give myself a better chance.
On the night of the 2016 Games, I had just left my home and was in my hotel room watching the US team practice.
As the team practiced, I felt like I had never felt this nervous in my life.
I went into the bathroom and was completely alone.
I felt completely exhausted and was so focused on my performance.
I took off my shorts and underwear and tried to hide it behind the vanity.
I looked at my reflection in the mirror and couldn’t believe my eyes.
At the end of the practice, my teammates walked me to the locker room and I felt so excited.
I thought they were going to be the first women in history to win the world championship.
After the practice and before the next match, I sat in the locker and stared at the mirror.
I tried to put on a brave face.
I said, “Thank you.
I appreciate you for giving me a chance to win.”
My teammates hugged me and congratulated me.
I knew I had won the world title.
The cheerleaders went home and cried.
I decided I was done with cheerleading.
It was a tough time.
The first two years I was struggling to pay my rent and was constantly worried about my future.
I still had friends in cheerleading and I wanted them to know I was fine.
But when I had to take out loans to pay for my rent, I could not afford to live in Australia.
The financial struggle was really hard.
Even though I was happy to be back in cheer, I was sad to lose the opportunity to represent my country at the Olympics.
I did miss out on the best moments of my career.
My parents did not know how much I had missed and I could never imagine going back to cheer.
If the US had not chosen to include women in its 2018 Olympics team, I would not be here today.
The USWCT is a proud sport and a very prestigious organization.
I would like to congratulate the USA and the cheerleaders on their amazing team, and thank them for their dedication to making the sport better.
If I were to compete in the 2019 World Cup, I know I would be one of the world’s top competitors.
I hope I can return to cheer in the future.