CARROLLTON, Ga. - The University of West Georgia cheer program has been at the forefront of cheerleading in the United States for the past 18 years, and now two UWG representatives are expanding that reach into the international arena, as Brittany Castona and Spencer Collier will participate in the FISU World Cheerleading Championship this week as a part of the US National Cheerleading team.

"This is such a monumental moment for me personally and for our cheerleading program at West Georgia," Castona said. "I am so honored to be a part of this first international event that really is the culmination of my 16 years as a cheerleader."

Castona and Collier will board a flight on Sunday afternoon, heading to Los Angeles, California, for several days of training with the United States National Team. The Wolves will then join that team on a flight to Lodz, Poland for the FISU World Cheerleading Championships on October 5-6. 

The International Olympic Committee has granted cheerleading a provisional status to begin growing the sport internationally, and this event is a part of that process. "These championships are a step toward getting cheerleading recognized as a sport at the Olympics," said Castona. 

Castona and Collier each competed on the US National Team stateside in 2017 at an event in Orlando, but this is the first time that the team will be taking the show overseas. Collier completed his eligibility to cheer with West Georgia in January with the Wolves' 22nd championship at UCA Nationals, but Castona is a senior on this year's team. She will compete again at UCA Nationals in January, aiming for championships 23 and 24.