TuksCheerleading is the official cheerleading squad of the University of Pretoria. We participate in competitive cheerleading, which involves mostly stunting and tumbling. During the first half of the year, we compete against other clubs and teams around South Africa, and throughout the year we perform at most university games. These competitions and performances allow our athletes to be involved in a productive and goal-orientated environment, and to be closely exposed to the sporting world of Tuks.
Although many people do not understand cheerleading or believe that it's not a sport at all, in 2016 cheerleading was officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a sport and has been granted provisional Olympic status. The IOC Sports Director, Kit McConnell said that the International Cheer Union, the recognised world governing body of cheerleading, is now eligible to apply to become part of the Olympics program. Even though that doesn't necessarily mean that cheerleading will be in the 2024 Games, the actions of the IOC help it get closer to being in future Olympic games. Not only that but to being recognised as a sport that the cheer community has always known it to be.
TuksCheerleaders during the 2020 Varsity Cup at Tuks Stadium