Squad’s stel­lar re­sults at­tract lots of cheer

Southern Telegraph - - News - David Sal­vaire

The team from Safety Bay Se­nior High School’s Cheer Dance Spe­cial­ist Pro­gram have launched them­selves onto the na­tional stage with a stel­lar per­for­mance at the Aussie Gold In­ter­na­tional Cheer and Dance Cham­pi­onships.

The crew of 24 stu­dents from Years 7-12 ear­lier this month trav­elled to the Gold Coast, where they picked up a raft of awards.

There were smiles all round as the judges awarded them three first-place gongs in the cat­e­gories of scholas­tic hip hop and pom and level 3 group stunt, with Year 9 stu­dents Hannah Leo and Jade Nadilo pick­ing up pom duo.

The two young­sters also came se­cond in the con­tem­po­rary duo cat­e­gory, with Jade and fel­low Year 9 Tay­lor Edgar also se­cond in hip hop duo. Third place was awarded to Jaime Wright (Year 10) and Maisha Rob­son (Year 12) for the con­tem­po­rary duo, while the SB­SHS girls per­formed well in the cheer cat­e­gory.

Spe­cial­ist pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Melissa Wilt­shire said the stu­dents per­formed in­cred­i­bly well against ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­si­tion.

“We com­peted against clubs that train for over nine hours per week . . . so for them to achieve that and to be on par with those clubs is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing,” she said.

“I think it’s down to the ded­i­ca­tion of the girls, just be­ing here ev­ery week and their will to achieve.

“It was even amaz­ing af­ter we fin­ished, we got the score sheet and they were look­ing at how they could im­prove for the next one.”

Year 8 stu­dent Sian Scott said she en­joyed the sports­man­ship.

“The best mo­ment I had at the com­pe­ti­tion was when ev­ery time we per­formed, not just our team but other clubs cheered for us as well,” she said.

The stu­dents are hop­ing to keep their win­ning streak alive when they head to the Cheer-Un­lim­ited Aus­tralia Rock N Cheer event at HBF Arena on Sun­day.

Last year, the crew took out the Cheer-Un­lim­ited Aus­tralia Stars n Stripes Na­tional Cham­pi­onship.

Safety Bay Se­nior High School has the only level 3 scholas­tic com­pe­ti­tion team in WA.

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

Safety Bay Se­nior High School’s Cheer Dance Spe­cial­ist Pro­gram stu­dents re­cently re­turned from the Aussie Gold In­ter­na­tional Cheer and Dance Cham­pi­onships.

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