Sixteen year old Shaun MacMoran first became a Rock Star just this last year. After coming to the Rock Starz gym to watch his sister practice, he realized he was missing out on something great and wanted to get involved. Shaun decided to steer away from football and start something new, so he joined the Rock Starz. For Shaun, calling yourself a Rock Star means that you have what it takes to be out there on the floor. When you practice and compete, you try your hardest and put your whole heart into it.
Before becoming a cheer athlete, Shaun had struggled to lift his own body weight, but now he is able to hold his own, plus the weight of another. Being a Rock Star gave him the opportunity to improve his fitness, meet new people and try new things. What motivates him is his drive to be a better athlete for his family, friends, teammates and coaches.
Shaun’s favorite thing about being a Rock Star is the family that comes with it. There is no doubt that the second you walk into the Rock Starz gym, you are able to sense this family atmosphere in which everyone supports and cares for one another. He feels as if the gym is a safe space where everyone is accepted for who they are. In the past he’s run into instances where that family atmosphere doesn’t always last, but when it comes to the Rock Starz, they mean it. You don’t have to be on the same team to get along or be close. Once you are a Rock Star, you will always be a part of the family.
In this past year, Shaun branched out and tried something new and out of his comfort zone. He wants other male athletes to know that stereotypes shouldn’t stop them from trying something new and exciting. You should always be true to yourself and continue to have fun in whatever you do. Shaun’s favorite thing about being a male cheer athlete is that he is highly focused on when choreographers come in to create their routines. They focus more on the male athletes on the team because they are generally taller, have more strength and are expected to execute the routine perfectly.
Way to go, Shaun! Keep up the good work!