Otago Daily Times

Cheer­ful win­ners eclipse com­pe­ti­tion

- MOLLY HOUSEMAN molly.houseman@odt.co.nz

Win­ners . . . Eclipse Cheer­lead­ing mem­bers cel­e­brat­ing a win at na­tion­als are, left group: Jes­sica Clark (9) is held up by Becca More (13, left), and Eva Berry (14); cen­tre front: Indi Fair­ley­Smith (8) is held up by (from left) Vi­o­let O'Sul­li­van (7), Jamine Smith (15) and Abi­gail Roach (8); cen­tre rear: Brooke Davis (15) is held up by Rata Wil­liams (14, left) and Ari­zona McFar­lane (18); right group: Ava Haines (9) is held up by (from left) Kennedy Cor­bett (11), Cheyanne Lewis (17) and Evan­ge­line Clarke (9).

TWO Dunedin cheer­lead­ing teams have even more to cheer about af­ter win­ning top places in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion last week­end.

Eclipse Cheer­lead­ing’s teams Star­dust and Aurora were first­time com­peti­tors in their di­vi­sions for Cheer Fac­tor in Auck­land last Satur­day, but that did not hold them back from suc­ceed­ing.

Director Gra­ham Vers­feld said Star­dust team mem­bers, who are aged 7­11, placed first in the Youth Novice Level 1 divi­sion, and Aurora team mem­bers, aged 13­18, came sec­ond in the Senior Level 1 divi­sion.

The teams had been work­ing on their rou­tines all year and per­fected them af­ter per­form­ing at the South Is­land Showoffs in Nel­son, in Septem­ber.

‘‘Af­ter this event we up­graded our rou­tines to what they were on Satur­day.’’

What they were, were win­ning per­for­mances.

‘‘We are so proud of all our teams for their in­cred­i­ble per­for­mance at com­pe­ti­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘There were some re­ally high­cal­i­bre rou­tines and they all did amaz­ingly, es­pe­cially as it was a first­time ex­pe­ri­ence for our ath­letes.’’

Two Uni­ver­sity of Otago cheer teams, which are also coached by Eclipse, placed first in Var­sity Level 3 to 4 and sec­ond in Var­sity Level 1 to 2.

It was their first com­pe­ti­tion, too.

The teams cel­e­brated their win with a Rain­bow’s End theme park visit on Sun­day.


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