Brad Choat (@choatsnews)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – He’s considered to be one of college cheerleading’s “rock stars” by youth competitors in the sport.

Spencer Clan’s talent was on display at the Scottrade Center over the weekend, as a member of the Kentucky Wildcats cheer squad at the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

A three-time national champion and three-time Top 5 finisher at worlds, Clan has some advice for girls and boys working their way up to the status he’s achieved, “Never give up. You’ll start and you’ll get skills, then hit a plateau and slow down a bit. Keep pushing. You’ll get better and better.”

Clan credits his workout regimen for his success in high school and college competitions, “You’ll always have days when you’re sore. You feel like you can’t do anything. Those are the days when you really get better. Those are the days that make a difference at competition time. That’s when you’ll feel fresh, so if you can do it sore, you can do it anytime.”

For a guy who only began competitive cheerleading about four years ago, the University of Kentucky freshman has rapidly climbed the ladder of success, “As I did the work and got a lot better, I realized maybe I could do something big with it. Possibly win some national titles and get college paid for.”

What about after college? Clan says the sky’s the limit for his back handsprings, “Depending on the company, you can do quite well in cheerleading. I know people who’ve made a very successful career in cheerleading and are happy with how they’ve lived their lives so far.”

To check out Spencer Clan in action, click here.

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