Cheers and fears: Peri Goodman on being a global cheerleading competitor

Peri Goodman (supplied photo)

Peri Goodman is a cheerleader for the Brock University Badgers in St. Catharines, Ont. She’s toured the world as a flyer—that’s the one who, yes, flies in the air, thrown up by her teammates—and has navigated the surprisingly intense behind-the-scenes politics of cheerleaders versus gymnasts.

She joins Menschwarmers, our podcast about Jews and sports, to chat about life on a cheer team, cheer’s odds at becoming an Olympic sport and her trip to compete in Poland—and how she felt visiting Auschwitz under unusual circumstances.

Plus: a baseball recap, a hockey preview and a debate over the age-old question: if you could choose one antisemitic conspiracy to be true, which would it be?


Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Coby Lipovitch, and our outro music is “Organ Grinder Swing” by chēēZ π. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network—find more great Jewish podcasts at Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter @menschwarmers, and The CJN Podcast Network on Twitter @cjnpodcasts.