Teams full of cheer
A GROUP of northern suburbs cheerleaders are going against the downward trend of teenage girls doing physical activity and it could take them overseas.
West Coast Fury teams Surge and Super Nova will travel to the US in May to compete in the Varsity All Star international cheerleading competition at Disney World in Orlando.
It is the first time the offer has been extended to Australian cheerleaders, with only 300 invitations awarded worldwide.
The teams have 34 girls aged between 10 and 18 who have been training twice a week with coaches Peta Parker, Christina Dimopoulos and Artemis Dimopoulos at the Wangara gym.
Last year they won each competition they attended, which led to an invitation to the summit in Florida.
Parent Pam Menzies said cheerleading was one of the fastest growing sport for girls in Australia.
“It is an exciting, physically demanding sport that combines gymnastics tumbling, lifts and stunts,” she said.
Mrs Menzies said competitions fuelled the cheerleaders’ passion for the sport and helped build their self-esteem and confidence.
She is part of a fundraising committee that has been approaching the government and business community for sponsorships and donations to help get the teams to the US.
“The team is conducting a number of fundraising events, including a quiz night on April 7 at the Alexander Heights Community Centre,” she said.
“The West Coast Fury SUMMIT Tour Team is looking for support in the form of sponsorship or donations of prizes.”
To support the teams’ US tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Coast Fury in Wangara hopes to send two teams to the US for the Varsity All Star International Cheerleading Competition.