Cheers mu­sic to ears for Zah­nee

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JANE AR­MIT­STEAD

NORTH Queens­land Cowboys cheer­leader Zah­nee Stout is used to drum­ming up spirit for oth­ers but now needs her own band of cheer­lead­ers.

The 21- year- old was named in the top- eight NRL cheer­lead­ers af­ter mak­ing it to the fi­nal round of this year’s Big League Cheer­leader of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

The Cowboys Spirit cheer­leader fought off tough com­pe­ti­tion in a Par­ra­matta Eels con­tes­tant last month to make the na­tional fi­nal.

“I didn’t ex­pect to get this far. I think I was more ner­vous in round one but now I’m up against some stiff com­pe­ti­tion with girls from big­ger cities,” she said.

The Char­ters Tow­ers na­tive joined the squad four years ago as a way to con­tinue her love for dance while study­ing nurs­ing at JCU. She hopes Townsville will get be­hind her to make it a mem­o­rable Cowboys sea­son on and off the field.

“It would be awe­some if a Cowboys cheer­leader could win this com­pe­ti­tion and the Cowboys go into the grand fi­nal,” she said.

“It feels a bit strange hav­ing peo­ple cheer for me now and be­ing on the other side but I’m hop­ing the small­town sup­port of Townsville will be an ad­van­tage.”

The win­ner will be an­nounced in the com­ing months.

Pic­ture: SCOTT RAD­FORD- CHISHOLM

SPIR­ITED: Zah­nee Stout is a na­tional cheer­lead­ing fi­nal­ist.

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