Leap­ing to big suc­cess

Hastings Leader - - News - BY BRENDA VOWDEN

The crew at Hast­ings-based cheer­lead­ing club Cheer Dy­namix con­tin­ues to jump to new heights, bring­ing home one first, one sec­ond, three thirds and a fourth from their re­cent trip to the NZCU Cheer­lead­ing Na­tion­als, held in Auck­land last month.

“Our se­nior Level Two team placed fourth and our se­nior Level Four team placed first tak­ing out the na­tional ti­tle,” says Cheer Dy­namix owner and chore­og­ra­pher Claire D’Ath.

Teams com­peted once on the first day for 30 per cent of their fi­nal score and then again on the sec­ond day for 70 per cent of their to­tal score, bring­ing the medal tally for the year’s com­pe­ti­tions to 11 gold, nine sil­ver and 11 bronze.

There were about 750 ath­letes com­pet­ing in teams, and 200 in ‘spe­cial­ties’, Claire says. The club sent their two se­nior teams and six spe­cialty items from ap­prox­i­mately 50 ath­letes now en­rolled at Cheer Dy­namix. They have at­tended a to­tal of nine com­pe­ti­tions na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally since open­ing their doors two years ago and boast a medal tally of 15 gold, 13 sil­ver and 13 bronze, in­clud­ing be­ing placed fourth at the Amer­i­can Show­case in Ana­heim, Los An­ge­les and win­ning the Su­pe­rior Team award. And none of that came about by chance.

“We train year-round for com­pe­ti­tions as the com­pe­ti­tion sea­son runs from about June to Oc­to­ber. All the ath­letes were su­per proud of their ef­forts. Af­ter all their hard work and train­ing, it was awe­some to be re­warded for their hard work,” Claire says.

The club is now in wind-down mode, but will be straight back into train­ing in Jan­uary, with new skills and rou­tines be­ing de­signed for next year’s com­pe­ti­tions.

■ For any boy or girl of all abil­i­ties aged five­plus in­ter­ested in join­ing a team, visit Cheer Dy­namix, 23 James Rochfort Place, Hast­ings Satur­day, Novem­ber 24, 10am. For more email of­[email protected]­dy­namix.co.nz or Face­book — Cheer Dy­namix 006.

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