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Cheer United

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Bringing Our Success to an All-Star Level

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What You Need to Know About Our Cheerleading Gym

Niagara’s newest cheerleading instructors are far from inexperienced. The owners of Cheer United, Brittany and Nikki, have had great success in coaching the Welland Centennial Secondary School cheerleaders for over 12 seasons. In their years of coaching, they have led their team to 10 provincial and 5 national titles!

After years of patience, our founders are thrilled to bring their success to the next level. Their personal experiences with All-Star programs make them well-equipped to compete with the best.

Cheerleading is an interactive sport that encourages confidence, motivation, and socialization. Nikki and Brittany met through cheerleading at Centennial, and have since maintained a long-lasting friendship. They have attended nursing school together, have traveled the world together, and have coached alongside one another for more than 12 years now.

A Message From Our Founders

“Our motto with Centennial has always been to treat each other like sisters, and success will come. We are bringing this same dynamic to our all-star program, as highlighted in our name. United as a family...Welcome to Cheer United!”

- Brittany and Nikki


Nikki Faragalli


Nikki had always played competitive sports growing up. Her love for cheerleading started in high school when she made the Centennial cheerleading team. Upon graduation, she continued to be mentored as a junior coach for two seasons before becoming a co-head coach.

Nikki has cheered for Scorpions Niagara, Cheerforce Wolfpack, and PCT Cobras. She took the position of a flyer on both all-girl and coed teams.

Currently, Nikki is a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in a local hospital and is taking the Registered Nursing (RN) program. She is excited to continue coaching and hopes to influence young cheerleaders to build confidence and experience fun training sessions at Cheer United. Her favourite part of cheerleading has always been stunting and performing during competitions.

Brittany Blasioli


Brittany quickly developed a passion for the sport of cheerleading when she started cheering in high school at Centennial. Prior to cheerleading, she danced for 8 years with a local dance company where she developed her love for choreography.

Upon graduation, Brittany continued to be mentored as a junior coach for two seasons before becoming the co-head coach. She cheered for Scorpions Niagara for one season and CheerForce Wolfpack for three seasons. She competed at the Cheerleading Worlds in 2008 and 2009 with Cheerforce.

Brittany is a Registered Nurse (RN) in a local hospital and a proud new mom. She is eager to pursue her passion for cheerleading on a professional level, hoping to inspire other kids to fall in love with the sport the same way she did.


Program Coordinator/Coach 

Holly began cheerleading in grade 9 at Centennial Secondary School. She cheered in high school for 4 years, and after graduating she became a coach to the Cougars. She coached Welland Centennial for 3 years, where she helped lead the team to provincial and national titles. Holly graduated from Brock University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and went on to complete her graduate certificate in Victimology from Algonquin College. She has experience working with children, and is a proud mom of her two beautiful children. Her previous cheerleading success makes her a valued coach and mentor. Her kindness is infectious. Every coach and athlete around her feels welcomed and appreciated.



Olenka brings with her a bundle of experience. She has cheered for ten years, and was a gymnast for seven years prior to that. She began her cheerleading career at Centennial Secondary School, and then went on to cheer for the University of Guelph, where she studied International Development. She also showed her talent competing briefly as a Cheersport Grey Reef Shark. Her life then lead her internationally, where she continued to pursue her passion for cheerleading. She cheered for Toros in Madrid (coed level 6), and Pegasos All Stars in Guatemala (coed level 5). Her many years in the sport allowed her to fulfill her dream of competing at the Cheerleading World Championships in Orlando. Since 2016, Olenka has been judging the national competitions in Guatemala. Beyond her extensive cheerleading experience, Olenka has one of the kindest hearts and positive personality. She is a beautiful spirit and positive mentor to all who are
around her.

Brooke G


This is Brooke’s first year coaching, but her leadership experience has prepared her to be perfect for the role. Brooke cheered for Centennial for 4 years before graduating in 2019. She was a stand-out athlete on the team, and was the main flyer throughout her final few seasons. Brooke’s flexibility and skill did not come without lots of practice, and she is eager to share her learned techniques with those she coaches. Brooke was the main choreographer and leader for Centennial’s March Break cheer camp, where she lead 80 young athletes for the week. She extended her cheer experience to the all-star level last year when she cheered for Scorpions Niagara open level 4 NT team. Brooke is attending Niagara College this year where she is taking Child and Youth Studies. We are so excited to have Brooke on board!



Jess is a current athlete on Centennial Secondary School cheerleading team. She is in grade 11. Jess has been a strong athlete and role model throughout her two seasons on Centennial. Her coaches have noticed her talent, positive attitude, and exceptional commitment. She is a natural leader with the young athletes at the March Break cheer camps, and has carried these leadership traits over to the Cheer United practices. Her strength as a base and strong jumps are skills that she can share with the athletes she coaches. She is a perfect asset to the Cheer United coaching panel.



Ivy first fell in love with the sport of cheerleading in her Grade 11 year at Centennial. She was part of the National Champion team in her senior year. This same year Ivy was awarded Second Princess at Welland Rose Festival. After a few years away from cheerleading, Ivy eagerly joined Cheer United’s Open Team last season. On this team she was a standout athlete. She has incredible strength and technique with stunting, but her positive spirit is her most admirable trait. Ivy is an encouraging teammate, and dedicated athlete. Her love for the sport is obvious in the way she performs at every practice and competition. Her infectious personality makes her the perfect fit for the CU coaching panel.



Emily comes from gymnastics background and started cheerleading in her Grade 9 year at Centennial. Her powerful tumbling and incredible strength make her one of the strongest athletes the school has seen. Emily was the recipient of Welland Tribune Tournament Overall Cheerleader Scholarship in 2016. She went on to cheer for a season at Brock University before heading to the Allstar cheer program in Oakville (Cheerforce All-Girl Level 6) where she competed at the Cheerleading Worlds. Emily will soon complete her degree in Physical Education - Kinesiology at Brock. Through her degree she has gained knowledge and experience of working with various athletes. Emily has acquired an array of expertise in her field such as Injury care, assessment and prevention, in addition to taping and wrapping. Her technique with tumbling, jumping, motions and stunting makes her a powerful coach. Beyond her packed resume, Emily is a natural leader with a glowing personality. She is the perfect addition to the coaching panel.



Carley has been cheering since she was 4 years old. She began her cheerleading career at Cheerforce Wolfpack in Oakville. She then cheered for Scorpions Niagara before and during high school. She was an outstanding athlete on Centennial Secondary School cheer team. She is an exceptional flyer, a strong base, and experienced tumbler. Her versatility within the sport makes her a valued coach within the panel. Carley has an eye for choreography and loves teaching new dances. She has competed at the cheerleading worlds 4 times. She finished her cheerleading career with Cheerforce Wolfpack all-girl level 6. Carley has coached Centennial Secondary school cheer for 4 years now. She is currently studying Practical Nursing at Niagara College. We are very excited to have Carley on our coaching panel!



Ashley competed as a provincial level gymnast before joining cheer in her grade 9 year at Centennial. She was a natural talent and excelled quickly in the sport of cheer. She was the recipient of a scholarship to attend the famous Woodward Cheer Camp in the USA in summer 2019. Ashley is a standout flyer on Cheer United’s Open Team. She has a way of making all around her laugh and have fun. She has an attention to tumbling technique that helps athletes progress properly. We are very excited to have her coaching experience on our coaching panel.

Brooke E


This is Brooke’s first season coaching with Cheer United. She brings with her an extensive gymnastics background  that will largely benefit the tumbling program at CU. She has 8 years gymnastics experience and earned Most Improved Competitive Gymnast in 2016 at her gym. When Brooke entered high school at Centennial Secondary School, she transitioned into the sport of Cheer. She has cheered for 3 years at Centennial Secondary School, and is now in Grade 12. In her years of cheerleading she has won 2 awards: Rookie of the Year 2017 as well as Most Improved Athlete in 2019. Brooke is a strong base, and talented flyer. Her versatility makes her a valued stunting coach. She is a well-rounded cheerleader with a heart of gold. Her dedication and work ethic is one that all athletes can admire. She is a perfect representation of the values held within our program. 



Rachel is one of our newest members of the CU coaching panel, but she is far from inexperienced. Rachel has been coaching Centennial Secondary School for 6 years and has helped lead the program to Provincial and National Championships. Rachel is personable, fun, and loved by all. In addition to Rachel’s fun spirit, she is professional beyond compare. She is currently in her final year completing her degree in Child and Youth Studies and Psychology from Brock University. She is hard working, organized, and can really structure a practice to have the athletes be prepared for competition. She is a strong third and trusted stunter that is able to offer great advice to those learning to stunt. We can’t wait to see her break many athletes at Cheer United out of their shell. 



Cheer United is so excited for Kelsey to be joining our coaching panel. Kelsey has a quiet presence, but an eye for detail. She was first introduced to cheerleading in her Grade 9 year at Centennial Secondary School. Since graduation, Kelsey has graduated from Fanshawe College and travelled the world. Kelsey cheered for Fanshawe for 2 years and coached Centennial Secondary Cheer Team for 2 seasons. Her cheer experience makes her a great asset to the coaching panel. Kelsey is a strong stunter and valued athlete on CU Eclipse. We are excited to have her on our coaching panel.



Our newest member to the coaching panel brings the largest number of years spent in the cheerleading world so far! Heather started her cheer career at Centennial Secondary School where she cheered alongside CU founders Brittany & Nikki. Heather cheered for 8 years at a cheer gym in Niagara, and another all-star program in Oakville. On top of her own cheerleading career, she also has 6 years coaching experience. Heather is a proud mom to her two beautiful children.

When she is not busy being a mom, and inspiring others as a social media mentor, she continues her passion for helping children in her career as a Registered Early Childhood Educator with the School Board. She also has a previous background being a Child and Youth Worker. We are so excited to have Heather’s positive, cheerful, and encouraging spirit on the coaching panel. Her experience within the sport, as a mom, and professionally in her career, makes her the perfect addition to the coaching panel.

One of the biggest perks of cheerleading is the ability to build lifelong friendships and a passion for a sport - Heather is proof of this.



Olivia was first introduced to the sport of cheerleading at age 13 when she made the Centennial Secondary School team. Olivia was a committed and dedicated athlete while on the team and a strong leader. 

Her versatility in stunting is an excellent asset to the athletes she coaches. She has experience as a base and a flyer. 

Her 5 years of experience in the sport leaves her well equipped to be a strong coach within the program. Olivia graduated from Niagara College for Sales and Marketing. Her kind energy is conveyed in her volunteer efforts at the local Animal Shelter. CU is so excited to have Olivia’s beautiful personality and natural leadership traits inspire the young athletes within the program.



Madi is the newest addition to our coaching panel, but far from inexperienced. She has cheered for the past 10 years at Cheersport Sharks in both Cambridge and Ancaster on Worlds Level 5 teams. Madi has also coached many recreational teams and open tumbling nights at Sharks. 

Madi is currently studying Concurrent Education at Brock University to become a teacher. Her aptitude for teaching helps athletes to feel confident and reach their full potential.

Her longstanding passion cheerleading and knowledge in stunt and tumbling technique make her an excellent addition to our team.  We can't wait for her to bring her expertise to the CU community!



McKenzie started her cheerleading career in High School cheering on an all-star team in Hamilton. She continued her love for cheerleading while at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has experience as a base, third and flyer, making her well-rounded in all areas. McKenzie started coaching her University team in her 4th year, and continued for 3 years after.

Since graduating with her degree in Teaching, McKenzie has become a Kindergarten teacher. Her passion for working with children and her expertise in cheerleading allow her to make a profound impact on the athletes she coaches. 

 McKenzie enjoys teaching new stunts and brings her bubbly personality to each and every practice.

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