Cheer suc­cess

Hauraki Herald - - SPORT - TERESA RAM­SEY

The Waihi Col­lege Cheer team is head­ing to Welling­ton to take a shot at win­ning its sec­ond na­tional gold medal.

Last year, the team won their di­vi­sion at the na­tion­als and will re­turn on Oc­to­ber 29 to com­pete at this year’s na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The team has been fundrais­ing for the trip by sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets.

Team spokesper­son Amy Mag­yar said af­ter the team’s suc­cess at last year’s na­tion­als, the cheer team at­tended their first com­pe­ti­tion this year, Cheer­fest 2017 in Auck­land, win­ning gold in the level 2 scholas­tic di­vi­sion.

They went on to com­pete at Bat­tle of the Bay in Tau­ranga, win­ning gold in their di­vi­sion there too.

There are cur­rently 24 mem­bers in the team, an in­crease from last year’s 15 mem­bers.

The Waihi Col­lege cheer team is made up of stu­dents from year 7 to 13.

Mag­yar said a cheer club would be es­tab­lished in Waihi in Novem­ber, with an aim to en­cour­age pri­mary school-aged chil­dren and younger into the sport.

‘‘Skills range from cart­wheels to stunts in which girls lift up other mem­bers and per­form a range of gym­nas­tic based skills in the air,’’ she said.

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