Our History

History of Cheerleading in Nova Scotia

Thank you to everyone who contributed their information to make this timeline possible!

Cheerleading in Nova Scotia has existed in schools for as long as we can remember,  but in recent years, the sport of cheerleading has evolved in great amounts. See the timeline below to learn how that change happened in our province and how Cheer Nova Scotia began... 


School cheerleading, with a long history, involved pom-poms and cheering on sports teams. Teams were stunting, but with little technique and at low level difficulty. 


1982/1983 - First year in record of cheerleading governed by the NSSAF. Champions of the year were the "Riverview Rurals" for gold and the "Holy Angels" for silver. 

Late 1980's - NS coaches returned from Ontario with "power cheerleading". Coaches from Dartmouth High School, Prince Andrew High School, and Cole Harbour District High School brought "power cheerleading" back to the maritimes after travelling to Ontario for a cheerleading camp. 

1988 - Parkview Education Centre, Bridgewater, NS


Early 1990's - Rise in popularity of power cheerleading among schools. 

1996 - The beginning of governing the sport: the NSSCA. 

1997/1998 - The first judges and coaches clinic by the NSSCA. 

1999/2000 - First power cheerleading clubs in NS!

1995 - Prince Andrew Panthers, Dartmouth, NS.


2000/2001 - The first open all-star team in Atlantic Canada!

2001 - A new name for the NSSCA & Cape Breton hops on board with All-Star cheerleading!

2002 - The Cape Breton Cheer Allstars were the next power cheerleading club to open in Cape Breton, but only stayed open for two years. 

2004 - Celtic Cheerleading (now called Cape Power Cheerleading) was created and became the first long-standing cheerleading club in Cape Breton. 

2005 to 2008 - More participation throughout the province!

2009 - More numbers = more organization required.

2001 - Holy Angels, Sydney, NS

2001 - Cavs, Dartmouth, NS


2011 - The NSCC levels up!

2013 - NSCCA becomes Cheer Nova Scotia.

2018/2019 - The first "Team Nova Scotia"!

2019/2020 - Team Nova Scotia named Team Canada!

2019 - Team Nova Scotia