At cheerleading competitions, the audience always sees just one side of the sport — the one with the perfect smiling cheerleaders and entertaining routines.

It’s the nature of the sport. The athletes are supposed to give the crowd energy and excitement, so they can’t show any weakness or struggles when they’re out on the performance mat.

But it’s also a very tough sport, and these young athletes have to invest a lot of time and effort in training to be the best. That’s the side of cheerleading that audiences rarely see.

To show just how much the sport means to the athletes, and how hard they’ve trained, we decided to record 15-second interviews with the teams immediately before and after they performed at CHEER 2015, and upload them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Here’s what we got:

Cheer captain of Thunder says they did a "perfect routine" #cheer2015 Congrats guys!

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And here’s how much it means to win at CHEER:

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Recipe for cheerleading success

Cheerleaders, parents, teacher advisors and coaches talk about the importance of a good support system in cheerleading.

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VIDEO: Stompers out to erase heartbreak of CHEER 2014

The Stompers were heartbroken when their routine fell apart at the CHEER 2014 Finals. This year, they’re planning to set things right.

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VIDEO: Passion for cheerleading started early for D'Starz

D'Starz base Trisha Wong and flyer Aileen Sufiah started cheerleading when they were 12 and seven respectively. And like them, more cheerleaders are starting out young these days, allowing them to progress and develop their skills on their own pace.

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VIDEO: Team Eclipse to make injured member proud

Eclipse co-captain and base Aurelia Koh was involved in an accident while cheerleading. She won’t be performing at the CHEER 2015 Finals so her team plans to make her proud.

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VIDEO: Warriorz cheerleaders fell in love with the sport after joining the team

Warriorz captain Tan Jei Yin and flyer Mok Weng Dee have come to love cheerleading despite not having any interest in the sport two years ago. Now, Mok is part of an all-star team, Bulletz!

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VIDEO: Blitzerz captain revives the team

Team Blitzerz disbanded in March to focus on their studies. However, captain Emma Maxim-Maddock was determined to bring back the team.

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VIDEO: Titans Senior and Junior’s support system

The cheerleading teams of SMJK Ave Maria Convent hope to put on a good show as four buses full of supporters will be travelling with them for the CHEER 2015 Finals.

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VIDEO: Vulcanz is doing all they can to fund their team

Vulcanz faced some financial difficulties due to the lack of financial support. But captain is confident they can land a spot in the top five.

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VIDEO: Xavier Senior’s Muslim cheerleaders on training through Ramadan

Xavier Senior captain Putri Nelissa Syafirah talks about the challenges faced during Ramadan month, where they had to make some adjustments to their training schedule.

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