Storm Elite bring home state ti­tles

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NILMA DARNUM AWARDS -

War­ragul cheer­lead­ers won four ti­tles at the AASCF Vic­to­rian State Cham­pi­onships.

Storm Elite All Stars of War­ragul sent 11 teams with 137 ath­letes aged four to 23-years-old to the three day event at the Mel­bourne Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre.

They were up against 76 clubs of 5000 plus ath­letes in the sec­ond largest com­pe­ti­tion of the year.

Com­pet­ing in the large gym divi­sion against the best clubs from around Vic­to­ria, Storm Elite walked away with four teams – “Spark”, “Mon­soons”, “Tsunamis” and “Light­ning” - win­ning state cham­pi­onships and three gain­ing sec­ond place.

It was the fifth time Storm Elite had com­peted at the Aus­tralian All Star Cheer­lead­ing Fed­er­a­tions (AASCF) state cham­pi­onships.

Head coach Erica Jan said the War­ragul school had teams in level one to three place in the top three scores for the en­tire com­pe­ti­tion.

The Spark team also won a bid to at­tend Pin­na­cle in Novem­ber which at­tracts the best of the best from around Aus­tralia.

“The ac­tual size of this event is mas­sive,” Erica said.

“For teams from a coun­try town to walk away with these re­sults is huge.”

Storm Elite will next set its sights on the AASCF Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Novem­ber with the hope of send­ing six or seven teams.

The “Light­ning” team from Storm Elite All Stars won the mini level one divi­sion state cham­pi­onship. They are (from left) Emma Brown, Milly Brain, Cordelia Wor­rall, Olivia Rhodes, Ad­di­son Heenan, Lily Boyce, Nakita Mar­riott, Cait­lyn Beale, Mikayla Reynolds and Tay­lah Wassen­berg.

Other teams to bring home state ti­tles were the Spark, Tsunamis and Mon­soon teams.

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