DRAPER, Utah (ABC4 News) – The coaches, teammates, and owners from Macs Allstar Cheer in Draper are still feeling shocked after becoming the only Utah All-star cheer team to win a World Championship.

The battle for the world’s best happens every year in Orlando, Florida. Mac’s Allstar Cheer has been working for over a decade to earn the coveted title of world champs and this year, Mac’s level 6 small coed division did the unthinkable and came home with the gold. 

“It’s the best thing ever, It’s the ultimate goal for any cheerleader of this level in a really hard division so it’s truly the best feeling ever,” said Jalyn Linkletter, a coach for Sr. Starz. 

All the teams that go to Worlds earned their invitations through national competitions around the country throughout the year. There are over 40 national competitions that offer “bids” to come compete at the Worlds events. 

The competition is the toughest of them all and the top competitors always bring their A-game. The Senior Small Coed division this year started with 16 teams and Macs was ranked 2nd headed into day two of the competition. The next day, the 22-member team showed they had what it takes and inched past the Brandon All-stars for the win.

“It’s a lifetime achievement for our program and our coaches and owners,” said Mack Hirshberg, co-owner of Mac’s. “This is a dream come true. This is all of our biggest goals in life is to be able to take a team that has the level 6 skills and be able to compete against the best teams in the world and actually win is still just something we can’t believe, even right now.”

Mac’s All-Star Cheer in Draper, founded by Mack and Janet Hirshberg, understands the pressure it takes to be one of the best. Often known around the state as one of the toughest competitors in Utah. Mac’s Cheer isn’t new to the Worlds competition and this year marks their 15th attempt at a world title. 

Over the years, Mac’s has taken home countless National titles and an unprecedented number of regional titles. Mac’s was also featured in Cheer Biz Magazine in 2010 as one of the top gyms in the country and in 2011 Mac’s Cheer became Utah’s first and only USASF Certified Gym.

“This is 24 years of hard work, and we are so proud of our kids and the achievement they attained this year,” said Janet Hirshberg, co-owner of Mac’s. “First place at worlds is for us the pinnacle of cheerleading.”

Linkletter said the feeling of competing at this level is indescribable saying that you go with the idea of competing and doing your best, and to realize their best shot was good enough this year means all hard work has paid off, every hour they stay in this gym was fully rewarded. 

Mack Hirshberg said they have always known that their kids were as talented as the best of the best. 

“This year, I told them you have the opportunity to shock the world. And as they said it in the cheerleading industry, they called us the Cinderella Story, we basically beat what we call the unbeatable Brandon,” said Mack Hirshberg. “They’re an amazing program and just such good sportsmanship all around and when we won, I think we just shocked the world.”

Janet Hirshberg explains the unthinkable challenge that they always hoped for and finally obtained. 
“The Small Sr. Coed is one of the most competitive divisions. Only four gyms in the entire world have accomplished a globe win in the small sr. coed division and Mac’s Allstar Cheer is one of them,” said Janet Hirshberg. 

Senior Stars is not the only Mac’s team to win a Gold medal this year. Just a week later, Wicked, a Mac’s International Under 17 Coed Level 4 team took home Gold at the Varsity Summit championships also held in Orlando. One of two Utah teams to take home a 1st place finish from Utah at The Summit, the team is comprised of 24 cheerleaders all under the age of 17. Six of the Wicked cheerleaders are also on the Senior Starz Worlds team, making them double Gold Medal winners. 

The announcement of the winner

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