Broken Arrow’s Robbie Armstrong – Cheer Spotlight Presented By Excel Therapy

By Derrick Smith

Some people may think that being a part of a cheer team is a thing for girls, but that is not the only case. Over the past decade, there has been a rise in the number of boys joining the squad. Robert Armstrong, who goes by Robbie, is one of those, and he has some advice for guys who are unsure about joining.

“If you’re a boy discouraged from joining cheer because you think you’ll be ridiculed,” he said, “don’t let that stop you. If it’s something you think you might be interested in, you should at least give it a shot. This sport changed my life for the better in countless different ways.”

Armstrong is a senior at Broken Arrow High School. He has been a member of the Tigers’ cheer squad for four years. He is a base and tumbler on the team. One of his biggest influences is from the other side of the planet.

“Constantin Stalzer is someone that I really look up to,” he said. “He is from Germany and he has phenomenal coed stunt prowess. My biggest role models in my life are my family because they’ve not only supported me every step of the way, but made me who I am today.”

Broken Arrow varsity cheer coach, Kyrstin Delehanty, and assistant coach, Amber Slemp, have also influenced Robbie during his time in cheer.

“They have both taught me what it means to be part of a team,” he said. “And to be passionate about what you strive to accomplish, if you truly want to achieve your goals.”

Robbie says that you have to put in the work to reach your goals.

“In a sport that demands perfection, consistency is key,” he said. “You have to put time and reps into what skills you chase.”