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Member of the Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team perform a group stunt in a demonstration during intermission at the 2008 Cheerleading Tryouts held at City Centre Mall yesterday afternoon. Even members of the squad must try out every year.


It’s more than just good looks and being able to bust a move in front of 50,000 football fans at Commonwealth Stadium, say recruiters with the Edmonton Eskimos’ cheerleaders.

Cheerleaders also must also have a desire to make a difference in their community along with making sure they keep their schedules open, says the team’s manager.

"Every week there are numerous promotions that we do, including stuff with Kids of Cancer, along with all of the different charity walks and runs that we’re involved in," said the cheerleading team’s manager, Julie Arsenault.

With new talent coming to the auditions every year, including the team’s final auditions at the City Centre Mall yesterday, it doesn’t get any easier for veterans, said 21-year-old cheerleader Sarah Devlin.

"Trying out for the team is very nerve-racking every year because there is always new and better girls that come to the try-outs," said Devlin, who was trying out for a fifth year on the team.

"Every year the level goes up and it gets harder each year to make the team."

About 45 out of 100 fit and talented athletes were selected to make the team by a panel of judges yesterday.

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