Maria K
Montmartre, SK

How long have you been dancing/cheering?
I have been dancing since I was 6 years old.

What are your career aspirations outside of being on the Cheer Team?
I am a teacher and I co-own a fitness studio.

What are your favourite performance styles?
Hip Hop Dance.

What football position would you play?
If I played for the Riders I think I’d be a receiver because I like to run and the idea of avoiding getting hit sounds more fun to me than tackling people!

What is a cause you are passionate about?
I’m passionate about educating and promoting youth to live active lifestyles. I believe programs that inspire youth to find joy in movement and provide them with ways to maintain an active lifestyle into adulthood are important for overall well-being.

What does the Cheer Team add to Rider Game Days?
The Cheer Team contributes to Game Day by connecting with fans! This is a very unique gig because we are lucky enough to do what we love down on the field but also go out and meet fans… and of course adding some sparkle to the field is a fun contribution!

What advice would you give to an aspiring Cheer Team Member?
I would encourage an aspiring team member to explore and broaden their skills by trying different styles of dance, show up with confidence in themselves and remember that being on the team is all about bringing positivity, energy and joy to Rider Nation!

What is your favourite thing about Saskatchewan?
My favourite part about Saskatchewan is all the open land and small farming communities. I loved growing up on a farm with no neighbors in sight and having the freedom to go out and enjoy nature. I’m also a sucker for watching a good Sask sunset!