Ouch: No helmets, no knee pads, no mouthguards, no nothing. That's competitive cheerleading.
For the last seven years Andy has been attending The Cheerleading Worlds and Dance Worlds competitions in Orlando, Florida. They hold the event at the ESPN Center at Disney World and there are always more than 10,000 competitors in attendance.
For our part, we simply cover everything for the duration of the event. That means from the time competitors are arriving and getting off the busses, throughtout the competitions and on through the last awards and celebrations. We've been known to shoot 30,000 photos in four days before. Whoa.