Three cheers for WA team

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Look Local -

MOR­LEY-based SM Cheer and Dance club will don green and gold as part of Team Aus­tralia Pom Dance at the In­ter­na­tional Cheer Union World Cham­pi­onships in Florida.

There will be 17 ath­letes aged be­tween 15 and 24 from across the Perth metropoli­tan area in­clud­ing Red­cliffe.

Most of the ath­letes study and work full-time while train­ing four times a week with the club, as well as in­di­vid­ual fit­ness ses­sions.

They will be per­form­ing their freestyle pom dance, which in­cor­po­rates tra­di­tional dance skills, turns, kicks and jumps, at the cham­pi­onships in Florida from April 25 to 27.

Coach Laura Har­ris (32), of South Perth, said this was the first time any WA club would rep­re­sent Aus­tralia for both cheer and dance dis­ci­plines.

“I’m ex­cited to see them shine on stage and feel in­cred­i­bly proud of what they have achieved over the four years work­ing to­gether,” she said.

Har­ris said the team com­peted in four na­tional com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing two years be­fore get­ting the in­ter­na­tional op­por­tu­nity.

“This will be the fur­thest many of them have trav­elled and they can’t wait to ex­plore Dis­ney World af­ter our com­pe­ti­tion is fin­ished,” she said.

The club has set up a Go­FundMe page to raise $90,000 to­wards the trip. Visit www.go­fundme.com/tea­maus­tralia-2018-sm­dance.

The Team Aus­tralia Pom Dance mem­bers.

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