Candace Guilford

Candace began her career at the age of 4 dancing for the Royal School of Dance. She performed the Nutcracker for 2 years and was on the travel team performing all over the state for a total of 8 years. During that time she began gymnastics, and she competed as a gymnast for 3 years. Her love for both sports evolved when she attended a Winter Park High School football game and realized that cheerleading was the perfect combination of both.

In 1990, Candace began cheering at WPHS in the 9TH grade and was captain her freshman year. She was on the first freshman competition team who placed 3rd at Regionals. She cheered for the next three years on the football squad and competed for the nationally ranked WPHS competition team ranking in the top 10 all three years. She was featured on ESPN her senior year.

Candace became a collegiate level cheerleader in 1993 when she received an athletic college scholarship in cheerleading to Valdosta State University. She cheered at the college level for 3 years. She also began teaching for UCA as a certified instructor traveling throughout the southeast teaching cheerleading to all ages. Candace also worked for the local YMCA in Georgia teaching gymnastics and cheerleading to all ages. She transferred to UCF to study marketing and communications and graduated from UCF with a Bachelor’s Degree.

In 1996, Candace began her coaching career at her alma mater, WPHS. She was the assistant coach for the JV and soon became the head JV cheer coach for football and competition while assisting the varsity coach. She led the JV competition team to 8 1st place finishes at the Regional level and 8 top 5 rankings at the UCA nationals. She has remained as an assistant cheer coach at WPHS and has had in iatrical part in the choreography and coaching for the competition teams helping them receive many top 10 rankings and state titles. Candace is AACCA certified under the National High School Federation.

For the past 10 years, Candace has worked for many local cheer gyms including the Winter Park YMCA, implementing mommy-and-me, toddler, and youth classes for children and babies. She finds that this is her true nitch and receives such reward in teaching the fundamentals of strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and special awareness to these young future athletes. Candace loves children; she was been blessed with three of her own and she shares the love of these sports with them.

Candace has also taken on the love for all-star cheerleading. She is the head coach and choreographer of the nationally ranked Winter Park STARS.  These all-star teams will represent Winter Park Cheer Athletics for this competition season….

Together, Let’s shoot for the STARS

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