3. CHEER SHOW
Zero Gravity Cheersports are showing off their competition routines on Saturday.
Kewpies, herkies, handsprings, tucks and power tumbling – NASA certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on zero gravity.
Zero Gravity Cheersports is the name of the city’s cheerleading gym. With new owners, in new premises, and with a newly installed $36,000 sprung floor, the cheerleading squad is ready to rocket. With around 30 years experience between them, Courtney Thompson, Sarah Mitchell and Layla Davis took over the club in August 2015, and are preparing four teams for competition at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua.
‘‘It’s our first competition as coowners and coaches,’’ Sarah explains. ‘‘We thought we’d have a run-through to show off to family and friends and to anyone else who might be interested in what cheerleading is all about.’’
Sarah refers to cheerleading as a sport and to its practitioners as athletes.
‘‘It’s so dynamic. When you see the strength, athleticism and teamwork required there’s no other way to describe it. It’s a team sport but with strong individual elements. As well as self discipline, it offers kids something fun as well as challenging.’’
The trio conduct classes from minis (‘‘The youngest is 21⁄ 2’’) to 18+ adults, along with amixed ability class for those with physical and intellectual difficulties, as well as tumbling and stunting classes.
‘‘Stunting is throwing someone up in the air... oh, and catching them,’’ Sarah laughs.
The Zero Gravity Cheersports Showcase is on at 6pm this Saturday June 25 at unit 4, 5 Noel Rodgers Pl, which is off Setters Line, off Railway Rd behind the airport. Find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org