Cheerleading tougher than it looks
and Local teams reached impressive heights at a recent regional cheerleading competition.
Tawa College won the college level one and two division at the Ministry of Cheer central region event in Newtown on August 5, while Big Air teams placed second in the junior and level two grades.
Tawa College team captain Laura Hook says training up to five times a week in the last school term paid off. They had their routine down pat and despite some small errors, finished comfortably ahead of Wellington Girls.
‘‘We’ve got our own style and choreography, more tumbling and stunts, plenty of lifts. We watched YouTube clips and use ideas from some of the Big Air members, we worked really hard to get to this point.’’
Their routine was dedicated to the memory of Tina Lawn, a former teammate who died last year.
Big Air coach Emma-Jane Kortegast welcomed the inaugural competition, and said cheerleaders normally have to travel to Auckland two or three times a year to perform their two- and- half minute-routines.
‘‘It makes it so much more accessible,’’ she said.
Her teams attract both boys and girls. The sport attracts many exgymnasts. Others are sometimes initially attracted to the glamour of the television and film image of cheerleading, she said.
‘‘Then they find it is really athletic and it’s a really tough sport.’’
Airborne: Tawa’s Big Air cheerleaders get a jump on the competition at the inaugural Ministry of Cheer event. Britney Stokes, left front, Christie Watson, and Rebecca Mckinnon show off their stuff.