3. CHEER SHOW

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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 info@zgcheer.co.nz

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