At Cheer Factor Allstars, we are dedicated to bringing you/your child an experience like no other; right from your very first, to your very last impression! We are dedicated to creating healthy, passionate, successful, disciplined athletes & team mates, who have a long, enjoyable, fulfilling, and successful cheerleading experience, and who make friends for life in a family-like environment. This happens every day within our walls, because our All Star cast of coaches live out these values themselves in their everyday lives, and within their coaching.
Our passionate, highly qualified, World Class staff, are some of the most positive, talented coaches you will find in the country. This , combined with their love of teaching, and helping students to progress far beyond any vision they could have had for themselves, is why Cheer Factor All Stars is going to become like a second home to you, and allow you to become the best possible version of yourself. Get to know our staff a little better below….
- Cheer Factor is a certified gym member of the USASF
- All Coaches are certified and trained in:
- FIRST AID
- USASF ALL STAR COACHING, TUMBLING, AND STUNTING
OWNER AND CLASS DIRECTOR
David is the current Co-Owner of Cheer Factor All Stars. After participating as an athlete and coach for many years, David took over the running of Cheer Factor All Stars with partner Chantelle in 2017.
David first started Cheerleading back in 2005, and has worked his way towards being a World class athlete and coach in this time; winning m any Level 5 and 6 National Championships for partner stunting, and many National Championships as an athlete in Australia. He also represented Australia many times at the IASF and the ICU Cheerleading World Championships, placing 3rd in the World at the ICU. David was accepted to compete at one of the most successful cheerleading programs in the World, Cheer Athletic s, on a team in an extremely competitive division. They won Highest point Grand Champions at the biggest Cheerleading Competition in the World; the NCA All Stars Nationals in Dallas- he was the first Australian ever to do so. They also placed 2nd amongst over 80 teams at the IASF World Champions hips – the biggest World Championships that exist to date.
Currently David spends most of his time working with the staff in th e gym and Coaching and traveling around the country doing choreography. Wh ilst creating National winning routines year after year, his most signifi cant achievements are currently, coaching the Fugitives to an astounding 4th place at the IASF World Championships, and coaching the Kelly Girls t o 6th place at the IASF World Championships- the highest placing any Australian All Girl team has received. In 2016 after many years of coming 2nd the Sheriffs (All Girl Level 3) finally had their break through moment as they competed at NCA the biggest championship in the world. Sheriffs were first ever Australian team to win this Championship in doing so they also got the chance to be the first ever team to rep resent Australia in the Summit which is the world championships for level 1 -5 (restricted 5). Coaching is his absolute passion, and the family environment that Cheer Factor demonstrates represents this in a very big way due to the time, and love he puts back into the gym. David is a Level 1-6 credentialed Athlete & Coach. His current levels he coaches now are level 1-5.
Owner and Apparel Director
Chantelle love of dance kept her in the sport for many years, but when it evolved into both a Cheer & Dance program, her love for t he both of them skyrocketed, and she spent every possible minute, working her way towards becoming a World Class Athlete & Coach.
As an athlete, Chantelle’s love for the sport led her to many successes; Winning many Level 5 National Championship titles in Stunt, Squads, & Level 6 Group Stunting. She has competed at the IASF Cheerleading World Championships 8 times; 7 in Cheer, and 1 in Dance. Achieving 6th place with the Outlaws Kelly Girls in 2014, an d the Dance Crew DE.3 in 2015, 4th with the Fugitives in 2013 and 3rd at the ICU Worlds in 2011 on Team Australia. In 2012 Chantelle became the firs t Australian, along with another Australian team mate, to win the IASF Cheerleading Worlds with the Cheer Athletics ‘Ladykatz’ . It was always a dream of hers to compete with & learn from some o f the most respected Cheer Gyms in the USA. In 2012 she got the opportunity to compete with Cheer Athletics, where she learnt a lot about being an athlete and a coach, and consequently achieved one of her dreams of winning the World Championships with her team.
In the gym, Chantelle spends most of her time working on the Club Apparel & Branding. In 2011, she co-coached the first All Girl Te am Australia- the Dreamgirls, to a silver medal at the ICU Cheerleading championships, and the 2014 & 2016 Kelly Girls to 6th place at the IASF Worlds. She has coached teams to multiple National championships &a mp; also won a Choreography award at the NCA All Star Nationals in 2013 i n Dallas alongside coaches David James & Ryan Chance. As a past cheerleader for the NBL & NRL, performing at corporate events and on TV including ‘Dancing With The Stars’, and currently managing the NBL Melbourne United Cheerleaders, Chantelle has done a lot to pursue her love for both dance and Cheer.
Starting out studying Law, she transferred to an Arts degree with a Major in Psychology so she could apply this to her coaching. With the help of studying Sports Psychology and Health, she loves making a positive influence in every one of her students’ lives both in and out of t he gym. Her love of teaching & watching students to evolve into something they didn’t realize they could be, is the reason she is still coaching to this day & plans to continue for a long time. Chantelle is a Level 1-6 USASF Credentialed Athlete, and 1-5 Coach.
Head Coach/ Youth Director
As former owner of CFAS for 10 years, Sonia has now taken a step back and is back in the gym and excited to be coaching full time. Specialising in coaching junior athletes, school programs and special ability athletes. o ignored
With over 38 years of Dance experience training in Cheer, Jazz, Tap, Classical, and Musical Theatre. Sonia has performed professionally in professional children's entertainment for many years, working regularly for Nickelodeon, Warner Bros, Entertainment Store, Showtime Attraction, Cartoon Network, ABC Kids and Disney. Performing in Live Children's Entertainment as a compere and dancer which includes suit characters both in Australia and Asia. Sonia also has an extensive background in Musical Theatre, Corporate Functions, Cabaret Shows and Cheerleading at NRL, WNBL and Big V.
Sonia has coached dance since her early teens including choreographing many sporting and corporate events. Her travels around the world landed her in the United Kingdom for 3 years when asked by a professional soccer club to take on a small group of young girls to coach cheerleading. Embracing her new squad Sonia built a very successful program with the club along with coaching in several primary and secondary schools. There she gained her first cheer coaching qualifications with NCSSE and has gained further qualifications with USASF and AACCA in Australia. After returning to Melbourne end of 2006 she soon opened the doors of Cheer Factor for the very first time in 2007 introducing Cheerleading to the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne.
Senior Director/ Head Coach
Jared has came to be a part of our family all the way from Canada. Jared is a head coach and director with Cheer Factor Allstars. His passion for cheerleading and teaching has taken him across the globe in his 11 years in the sport, working with some of the world's top gyms and coaches.
As one of Canada and Australia's top bases and stunt coaches, he has travelled both countries many times to compete, judge and teach cheerleading camps and clinics. Jared is also a well rounded and respected tumbling coach to athletes of all ages and skill levels. During his coaching career, he has led many Canadian and Australian teams to state and National Championship victories.
Some of his accomplishments include Canadian and Australian National titles . As well in 2012 and 2013 Jared competed with Team Canada at the ICU World Championships winning First place, and representing for his country in the Partner stunt Division placing Fourth in the world. In 2016 Jared had the great opportunity to travel to South Africa for three months to be a part of the cheerleading movie franchise Bring It On.
Jared uses his experience and passion for teaching to continually grow the sport and inspire the athletes around him. Jared is a USASF level 1-6 Athlete and USASF level 1-5 credentialed coach.
Reception and Administration
After working as a professional performer both in Australia and overseas an d continues to work in children’s live entertainment. Shelley ran her own theatrical dance school for 18 years teaching all facets of dance to all ages. During that time, she became head cheer coach for the Hume City Broncos and provided entertainment at the '93 VBL Men's grand final. Since joining Cheer Factor All Stars, Shelley has gone on to gain her cheer qualifications through Gymnastics Australia and USASF.
Shelley has been a part of the CFAS coaching team and admin since CFAS open ed its doors in 2007.
Brittany has come over to Cheer Factor All Stars from the USA where her passion for cheerleading grew as she accumulated 18 years of competitive cheerleading experience. Prior to making her move to Australia, Brit worked as a coach at her former cheer gym The Maryland Twisters in Maryland. Brittany has competed at the Cheerleading Worlds 7 times and as Maryland Twister's F5 Captain in 2011, she led her team to the World Championship title in the Large All Girl Level 5 division. She was then recruited and earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Maryland where she became a member of one of the first Acrobatics and Tumbling teams. Her All Girl Level 6 Collegiate team then went on to compete yearly at NCA College Nationals where they took home the National Champion title in 2013. During her time at UMD she also worked for Varsity as an NCA Skills Camp instructor for two years. With USASF coaching credentials in levels 1-5, Brittany has brought her passion for cheerleading to Australia as a Head Coach with Cheer Factor All Stars.
Shan has been a part of Cheer Factor for 10 years, since first opening in 2007.
After trying all kinds of sports, nothing kept her interested until she heard about Cheer Factor and wanted to give it a try. Competing in levels 1- 4 the first 6 years until an unfortunate knee injury stopped Shan from competing. Still wanting cheerleading to be part of her life, coaching was the next step. This year will be my fourth year, coaching levels 1 and 2.
Shan loves that she gets the opportunity to share her knowledge and love of this fast growing sport to current and new cheerleaders. Graduating in 2016 as a Sports therapist, this allows her to manage and prevent injuries in our Cheerleaders. Shan hopes to use her knowledge to teach our cheerleaders about injury prevention in hope of building stronger athletes.
She would love for cheerleading, especially Cheer Factor to be part of her forever. o ignored
Maybe even one day she will return to cheer as an athlete.
"Cheerleading is a display of discipline, practice, dedication , determination, skill and athleticism"
Cheer Coach and Tumble Instructor
A former elite gymnast training at the AIS amongst Australia's best, some of which represented Australia at Olympics. Val retired young in 2003, but quickly went from student to teacher, coaching at a local club down in Melbourne, learning from a former Olympic coach. Coming out of retirement in 2012 to start his cheerleading career, his dedication and commitment quickly earn't him a spot on the SCC Legacy International Coed Level 6 team, where they went up against the worlds best to compete at the 2014 World Championships (placing 12th) and again in 2016 World Championships (placing 2nd, being part of the first Australian team to place at such an event). As a key tumbler on the team, and an all around athlete, his reputation is well known in the cheer community. Now taking his expertise and experience to coaching, moulding the young athletes of tomorrow.