Dis­ci­plined ath­letes

Kalamunda Reporter - - Sport -

MOR­LEY-based SM Cheer and Dance club will be don­ning green and gold colours as part of Team Aus­tralia Pom Dance at the In­ter­na­tional Cheer Union World Cham­pi­onships in Florida.

There will be 17 ath­letes aged be­tween 15 and 24 from across the met­ro­pol­i­tan area, in­clud­ing Lock­ridge, Bed­ford, Kala­munda, Yokine, Joon­dalup, Scar­bor­ough, Red­cliffe and For­rest­field.

Most of the ath­letes study and work full-time while train­ing four times a week with the club, as well as in­di­vid­ual fit­ness ses­sions. They will be per­form­ing their freestyle pom dance, which in­cor­po­rates tra­di­tional dance skills, turns, kicks and jumps, at the cham­pi­onships held in Florida from April 25 to 27.

Coach Laura Har­ris (32) said this was the first time any WA club would rep­re­sent Aus­tralia for both cheer and dance dis­ci­plines.

“I’m ex­cited to see them shine on stage and feel in­cred­i­bly proud of what they have achieved over the four years we’ve been work­ing to­gether,” she said.

“It’s a source of great pride for the girls, their fam­i­lies and the club that we can rep­re­sent WA and Aus­tralia in front of a world­wide au­di­ence.

“We’re hum­bled to have been of­fered the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time and ex­cited to ex­pe­ri­ence this huge event, which I’m sure will in­spire the girls to achieve even fur­ther in the fu­ture.”

Har­ris said the team com­peted in four na­tional com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing two years be­fore get­ting the in­ter­na­tional op­por­tu­nity.

“Since Jan­uary 12, when we re­ceived the news we had been se­lected at Team Aus­tralia, team have been train­ing in­cred­i­bly hard,” she said.

“This will be the fur­thest many of them have trav­elled and they can’t wait to ex­plore Dis­ney World af­ter our com­pe­ti­tion is fin­ished.”

The club has set up a GoFundMe page to raise $90,000 to­wards the trip. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/tea m-aus­tralia-2018-sm­dance.

Team Aus­tralia Pom Dance will be show­ing their moves in Florida.

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