Cheer­lead­ers battle for league hon­our

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Bar­bara Lynch

TWO of Townsville’s best cheer­lead­ers will shake their pom poms for North Queens­land but only one will come out on top.

Jas­mine Glais­ter, left, and Kate Pic­cinelli, right, from the North Queens­land Toy­ota Cow­boys cheer­squad are both hop­ing to make the fi­nals for the 2011 Big League Cheer­girl of the Year competition.

The pair are in this week’s Big League mag­a­zine and vot­ers have un­til 10.59pm AEST on Mon­day to vote.

Miss Glais­ter made the Cow­boys cheer­squad three years ago and this is the first time she’s fea­tured in Big League.

‘‘ It is hard go­ing up against some­one in the squad and I like all the girls there but it’s just the way things are,’’ the 20-year-old said.

‘‘ I love dancing and per­form­ing and the at­mos­phere at the games is great. I think it’s an hon­our to rep­re­sent the Cow­boys.’’

When she’s not cheer­ing the play­ers on, she stud­ies for a Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness ma­jor­ing in Hu­man Re­sources Man­age­ment at James Cook Univer­sity. This is the first year Miss Pic­cinelli has per­formed with the squad and she was ec­static to be cho­sen to rep­re­sent the club.

‘‘ It was ex­cit­ing to see my­self in the mag­a­zine and my fam­ily is very proud,’’ the Bach­e­lor of Psy­chol­ogy stu­dent said.

Miss Pic­cinelli said she didn’t know Jas­mine very well but tipped she would be tough competition. Vot­ing closes af­ter the Cow­boys’ home game on Mon­day against Mel­bourne Storm. Each week, one cheer­leader is picked to rep­re­sent their club in the fi­nals, which are held later in the NRL sea­son.

To vote for Jas­mine Glais­ter SMS Jas­mine to 199 199 06. For Kate Pic­cinelli SMS Kate P. SMS cost is 55c in­clud­ing GST.

The win­ner will be an­nounced in next week’s Big League mag­a­zine.

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