Competitive Cheer

To become part of the competitive cheer program, athletes must be at school in 2017 or older. Our teams will compete at a selection of competitions (approx. 4-6 annually for 8year+ and 3-4 annually for 5-8years) and develop skills in all aspects of the cheer program; stunting, tumbling, jumps & dance. Teams train twice weekly, routines are professionally choreographed and children in this program will need to purchase a uniform and cheer shoes. We do accept athletes into teams throughout the year but timing and placement is limited through the competition season. Experienced or entry level participants all welcome!

If you are interested in this program, please contact us directly to discuss the best options for your chid and arrange a free trial.

Open Gym

Open Gym is just what it sounds like. The gym is open. Coaches are on hand to supervise, offer advice, spot and generally work with participants on skills they want to develop/improve on. There are no restrictions on age/ability levels. Open gym is a ‘pay if you come' scenario so you are not ‘locked in’.


Fri: 6 - 8pm

Recreational Cheer

This is a once a week program catering for students 5 years or older (must be at school in 2017). The program aims to provide the opportunity for students to build the basics of cheer without having the pressure and expense of regular competition. Classes incorporate tumbling and stunting but skill development is at a slower pace and routine work is just for ‘in house’ display to parents and friends. We accept athletes across a range of ages. This is an excellent choice for those who want to try cheer before they decide whether to become part of a competitive program.

Rec Cheer: Mon 5.30 - 6.30pm

Rec Cheer: Fri 3.30 - 4.30pm

Beginner Tumbling

These classes are designed to concentrate on tumbling skills the athletes are seeking to develop.

Beginner Tumbling - is a dedicated tumbling class for athletes who have never really tumbled before. Learn the correct techniques for skills including handstands, cartwheels, round offs, walkovers and rolls. Designed for athletes competing at level 1 cheer or Levels 1/2/3 WAG/MAG.

Intermediate Tumbling

These classes are designed to concentrate on tumbling skills the athletes are seeking to develop.

Intermediate Tumbling - same idea as above but starts to introduce harder skills eg. handsprings, tuck saults, flics etc.  Suitable for those who have mastered the basics and want to develop further. Designed for athletes competing at level 2/3 cheer or Levels 4/5/6 WAG/MAG.


Advanced Tumbling

These classes are designed to concentrate on tumbling skills the athletes are seeking to develop.

Advanced Tumbling - Athletes signing up for this class will be learning skills including layouts, whips, twisting saults and techniques to combine skills into series. We are happy to cater for higher level gymnasts who want to ‘hone’ or regain skills previously learnt in WAG/MAG programs. Designed for athletes competing at level 4/5 cheer or Levels 7/8/9/10 WAG/MAG.



Head Coach

Renae holds a level 4 cheer coaching qualification and is also a level 5 cheerleader. She competed in the USA in 2016 at World Titles where her team achieved a top ten finish and was recently invited to join the ZSA Tigers Level 5 Co-ed Team just back from World's in 2017. Renae holds a Diploma in Sports Development & plans to start a business degree in the near future. She has a strong background in gymnastics achieving level 8 in Women's Artistic Gymnastics and representing QLD. She has been coaching for several years and brings this experience with her when working with our young cheerleaders.



Prior to taking up cheerleading, Maddie was a dancer. She danced for 16 years and holds a Diploma in Musical Theatre. She took up cheerleading and in 2014 was part of a level 2 team that achieved the status of National Champions. She has gone on to cheer at higher levels and is currently qualified as a Level 3 cheer coach. In 2016 she coached the Australian Catholic University team then joined 'Athena' at the start of this year. Maddie is a qualified nurse. She works between two jobs but her love is with the cheer. In 2017, Maddie is both coaching with and competing for Athena!


Coach/Tumbling Specialist

Max joined the Athena team in early 2017 when we discovered him at team tryouts. He is a level 4 cheerleader and his bubbly, vibrant personality is infectious throughout the gym. Max is currently Level 2 cheer coach qualified and has a special interest in tumbling. Outside of cheer, Max has worked as a manager in a retail store and has just recently taken up a position as a carer. Max is cheering for Athena this year in our Open, Co-ed team. Max is keen to see Athena develop more co-ed teams in the near future!


Coach/Tumbling Specialist

Maddi began cheerleading after retiring as a level 8 WAG gymnast. She has represented QLD at National Titles achieving team gold. Maddi moved on to gymnastic coaching and judging and is currently working toward a degree in architecture. She is a currently a level 5 cheerleader and recently competed at World Titles for the ZSA Tigers team that achieved a top ten finish. Maddi currently holds a level 3 cheer coaching qualification & has strong knowledge in the areas of stunting & tumbling. Her ultimate 'cheer goal' is to train and compete for a team in the USA for a year.


Cheerleading 'Lawnton' part of something special and contact us now!!


Athena Cheer Academy is located in Lawnton on the north side of Brisbane. Principal of the club, Kerry Merrett, brings a wealth of experience to the role having managed Western Districts Gymnastics for over ten years and taking it from a tiny unrecognised club to one that sits amongst the strongest in the state. Athena Cheer Academy (ACA) is housed in a modern, spacious venue with a full sized competition floor, parent waiting area and ample parking.

The Athena team vision encapsulates our motto of ‘Spirit, Strength and Unity’. This new club is built around the desire to bring coaches and parents together to support our students in an environment that is warm and welcoming to all. A team of outstanding coaches have been selected with the ability to provide quality coaching and whose mission it is to create a club where children will be valued and appreciated no matter what their talent or skill level. All coaches are cheer qualified and hold current senior first aid certificates and blue cards.

Athena Cheer Academy is a member of the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation (AASCF). This style of cheer does not involve pom poms and chants for football games but rather places the emphasis firmly on the athleticism of the participants and the competition side of things…think perhaps “Bring it On’, the movie. Despite the glitz and glamour, cheerleading is a serious and challenging sport. It lends itself particularly well to children with previous experience in artistic gymnastics, acro, dance etc. but the plus is, that being a team sport, there are different parts to play for each child and we can work to the strengths of different individuals to easily develop participants of any age from entry level.

Personal Info

  •  0432 035 735
  •   Shop 5, 31 - 79 Paisley Drive, Lawnton 4501


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Welcome to Athena Cheer for 2017.

All athletes wishing to participate in classes need to complete the enrolment process and pay a $30 placement fee.

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