Reach for the stars

Malaysian cheer­lead­ing team got a taste of what it’s like com­pet­ing in aus­tralia’s largest cheer­lead­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS­TINE CHEAH allther­age@thes­tar.com.my

The Awe­some All­Stars Malaysian cheer­lead­ing team did us proud at an in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment in Aus­tralia.

THERE were 550 cheer­lead­ing teams, 6,000 cheer­lead­ers, hun­dreds of or­gan­is­ing staff, thou­sands of spec­ta­tors and count­less in­sane, grav­ity-de­fy­ing stunts. In the mid­dle of all that crazi­ness, was a group of 25 Malaysians, all dream­ing of do­ing their coun­try proud.

The cheer­lead­ers of the Awe­some All­Stars had trav­elled all the way to Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia for the 2013 Aus­tralian All-Star Cheer­lead­ing Fed­er­a­tion (AASCF) Na­tional Cheer and Dance Cham­pi­onship, where they would come up against some of the world’s best ath­letes in the sport.

As the or­gan­is­ers of CHEER, the coun­try’s big­gest cheer­lead­ing com­pe­ti­tion, R.AGE was given a spot on that Ai­rA­sia X plane to Mel­bourne, where we were able to fol­low team Awe­some’s in­cred­i­ble jour­ney from semi-pro cheer­lead­ers com­pet­ing their hearts out in CHEER, to mix­ing it with the big boys (and girls) on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

And yes, they did do Malaysia proud.

Tough fight

For many mem­bers of the Awe­some All­Stars, the AASCF Na­tion­als would be their first trip over­seas. The tal­ented team was formed just three years ago, by lo­cal cheer­lead­ing com­pany Cheer As­pi­ra­tions, and it was only their sev­enth com­pe­ti­tion to­gether.

Nev­er­the­less, most of the mem­bers had grown up com­pet­ing in the fiercely-con­tested an­nual CHEER fi­nals, so they know a thing or two about in­tense com­pe­ti­tion, and putting on a big per­for­mance when it mat­ters most.

In fact, most of the team were 15 to 16year-olds still per­form­ing with some of CHEER’s best teams – Ca­lyx from SM(J)K Katho­lik, Vul­canz from SMK Seafield, D*Starz from SMK (P) Sri Aman and Mick­eymitez and Dy­na­mitez from SMK Da­mansara Jaya, among oth­ers.

Team Awe­some’s bat­tle started even be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion be­gan. The cheer­lead­ers searched high and low for spon­sors, fi­nally find­ing the per­fect part­ner in Ai­rA­sia X, who put team Awe­some on one of their two daily flights to Mel­bourne, and got them free accommodation at the spank­ing new Tune Ho­tel there, the first in Aus­tralia.

In­ten­sive train­ing started over a month be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion, with coach Tan Yee Ming from Cheer As­pi­ra­tions putting the

The awe­some all-Stars at­tend­ing a clinic by

the aus­tralian all-Star cheer­lead­ing fed­er­a­tion while they were in mel­bourne. They

hope to bring back what they learnt to the malaysian cheer­lead­ing

scene.

The awe­some all-Stars from malaysia do­ing us proud with an

ex­cel­lent rou­tine at the aus­tralian all-Star cheer­lead­ing Fed­er­a­tion (aaScF) Na­tional cham­pi­onship in mel­bourne, aus­tralia.

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