Teams full of cheer

Wanneroo Times - - Street Watch -

A GROUP of north­ern sub­urbs cheer­lead­ers are go­ing against the down­ward trend of teenage girls do­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and it could take them over­seas.

West Coast Fury teams Surge and Su­per Nova will travel to the US in May to com­pete in the Var­sity All Star in­ter­na­tional cheer­lead­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Dis­ney World in Orlando.

It is the first time the of­fer has been ex­tended to Aus­tralian cheer­lead­ers, with only 300 in­vi­ta­tions awarded world­wide.

The teams have 34 girls aged be­tween 10 and 18 who have been train­ing twice a week with coaches Peta Parker, Christina Di­mopou­los and Artemis Di­mopou­los at the Wan­gara gym.

Last year they won each com­pe­ti­tion they at­tended, which led to an in­vi­ta­tion to the sum­mit in Florida.

Par­ent Pam Men­zies said cheer­lead­ing was one of the fastest grow­ing sport for girls in Aus­tralia.

“It is an ex­cit­ing, phys­i­cally de­mand­ing sport that com­bines gym­nas­tics tum­bling, lifts and stunts,” she said.

Mrs Men­zies said com­pe­ti­tions fu­elled the cheer­lead­ers’ pas­sion for the sport and helped build their self-esteem and con­fi­dence.

She is part of a fundrais­ing com­mit­tee that has been ap­proach­ing the gov­ern­ment and busi­ness com­mu­nity for spon­sor­ships and do­na­tions to help get the teams to the US.

“The team is con­duct­ing a num­ber of fundrais­ing events, in­clud­ing a quiz night on April 7 at the Alexan­der Heights Com­mu­nity Cen­tre,” she said.

“The West Coast Fury SUM­MIT Tour Team is look­ing for sup­port in the form of spon­sor­ship or do­na­tions of prizes.”

To sup­port the teams’ US tour, email men­zies1980@big­

West Coast Fury in Wan­gara hopes to send two teams to the US for the Var­sity All Star In­ter­na­tional Cheer­lead­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

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