The Super Bridgy is growing up, y’all. Check out these amazing photos of her taken by the talented Oklahoma City photographer, Ms. Diana Bittle. Wow! We are so blessed and very grateful. These pictures were taken at the tailgating party at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, and later at the McGuinness vs. Putnam City game on August 26.
Bridgette McCollum, Feature Twirler for Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, Oklahoma City, helps one of her best friends, a cheerleader for the Irish, apply red, white and blue face glitter. The theme of the game was USA. Bridgy twirls on the sidelines at all home and away games and performs solo routines at some home football and basketball games.
Bridgy’s 2022-23 school costume by Emma Faye features Clancy, the school mascot.
A fellow twirl mom from Texas messaged me to ask what shoes Bridgy is wearing. Tan shoes and tights are preferred in twirling. For competition, Bridgy wears Capezio Jag Jazz shoes, which are only available in the UK. She goes through about eight to 12 pair a year. They got so torn up last year twirling on the sideline track surface we had to find something different.
Most twirlers wear tan sneakers for field and sideline twirling. Everyone is always on the hunt for the perfect pair. Once they find them, they bling them out with rhinestones. lol. The shoes we decided to try this year are Steve Madden Maxima Blush Multi. We got them on Amazon for about $100. They’re already blinged out, provide great support and work pretty well with spins, twists and turns. Or so I’m told. lol.
Sometimes, Bridgy twirls Amber’s Spirit Batons on the sidelines. Amber sells the batons in a variety of school colors. She donates all profits to Twirling To Fight Cancer. We love Amber and this cause!
Clancy got a new costume this year! We love it!
Bridgy loves field and sideline twirling. It is the reward for daily practices and the grind of competitive twirling. Speaking of competitive twirling, Bridgy had a great year. She represented Oklahoma in the Beginner 13-15 pageant at nationals in July. She came home with some great placements including one 1st place; one 3rd place; one 8th place; two 11th places, and two top 15 placements including one in Intermediate X-Strut. After missing nationals for two years because of the pandemic, it was wonderful to be back at the University of Notre Dame. More than 3,000 twirlers were there to compete.
Bridgy has set new goals for 2022-23 season including winning a national title with the cheer team at NCA Nationals in January. She actually twirls on the performance team in the spirit category, which allows twirlers, mascots, etc. Cool, huh? Last year, they took 3rd. She’s also set a goal to attend Junior Olympics in Des Moines in July/August.
After winning beginner pageant at the Oklahoma State Baton Twirling Championship, she officially moved up to intermediate, the last level before advanced. I’m so proud of her and so glad she gets to have some fun twirling for her school this fall.