Stunt, a new sport that incorporates aspects of competitive cheerleading and gymnastics, might be emerging at the perfect time.
Several Wake County high schools are expected to field stunt teams next spring. The Wake system will be the first in the state to offer stunt as a competitive sport.
“We are hearing from people all over the state wanting to know more about stunt,” said Darren Coe, the Wake County Schools senior administrator for athletics. “There is a tremendous amount of interest in it.”
Garner athletic director Nelson Smith said there will be a meeting for anyone interested in a Trojans stunt team this fall. “If there is enough interest, we will have a stunt team in the spring,” he said.
Stunt is comparatively inexpensive to start and maintain, will not compete for athletic facilities and is expected to involve more girls in interscholastic athletics.
“And in today’s times, those things touch a lot of the bases,” said Ronnie Carter, a consultant for USA Cheer, which helped develop the sport.
Stunt doesn’t require apparatus, like gymnastics. Stunt will be held in the spring when there is not competition for gym space with volleyball, basketball and wrestling teams. Participants will not have to choose between doing stunt or being involved in traditional cheerleading.
If stunt becomes popular, it would be a candidate to become another NCHSAA sport. According to the handbook, a sport will not be considered for championship competition until at least one-fourth of the membership (about 100 schools) or half of the schools in one classification (about 50) have fielded teams for two years.