An aspiring cheerleader from Moose Jaw had the thrill of a lifetime on Sunday.

Averie Beales, 9, got to perform at Mosaic Stadium in Regina along with the Rider Cheer Team during halftime at the game against BC.

This is the third year that she's been part of the Roughrider Junior Cheer Camp, which was sold out this year with about 275 kids. Averie's mom Melanie said in prior years the performances took place during pre-game festivities, but this year the young cheerleaders got to go out on the field during the game.

Averie said it was a neat experience when they entered the field coming out of the opposing team's tunnel.

"It was really fun. It looks like there's lots of people when you're inside of the tunnel but when you go out and you look around there's not many people."

In total, Averie got to perform four routines with the Rider Cheer Team. She mentioned that she was really nervous.

"There's two coaches in the front that teach you a routine and they take turns with a microphone," explained Averie.

On Saturday, she got to practice on the field for a couple of hours and had the opportunity to meet some of the Saskatchewan Roughrider players including Anthony Lanier II and Jeremy Clark. Cheer camp participants also got a tour of the stadium and dressing rooms.

Melanie talked about the experience of seeing her daughter perform in front of the Rider faithful.

"I get a little bit nervous knowing she's about to perform in front of thousands of people but seeing her smile makes me know she's got this and when she gets on the field, I'm just so proud just to see her being a part of such a large group. It's just a great experience."

CheerAverie with her mom Melanie at Mosaic Stadium

Melanie says Averie takes cheer pretty seriously and loves going to practices and working on her routine at home.

"She actually said she would love to be a part of the rider cheer team when she's older and I'm pretty sure it's because of how wonderful the cheerleaders are. She looks up to them, they're great role models and we can't wait for next year."

Averie has been cheerleading since she was three years old and is now part of the cheerleading squad at Infinity Athletics in Moose Jaw.

She was asked about her favourite part of the sport.

"I like that we go to competitions and we get to stay in a hotel," she laughed.

Averie made some new friends at the camp and said the positive reaction from the crowd was really exciting.

"I want to do it again so bad," she remarked.

All of the participants at the Roughrider Junior Cheer Camp got to take home a t-shirt and green and white pom poms. They will also get a keepsake video from the day.

The Roughriders beat BC in thrilling fashion on Sunday by a score of 34-29.

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