Cheerleader team ready to bring it on

BRING it on. A local cheerleading group will strut its stuff this weekend in its first competitive cheer and dance competition since opening earlier this year.

(Top, left) Jarrah Sharp, Briea McLachlan and Kaneisha Dunn, with (bottom, left) Hannah Unwin, Lily Farley, Paige Brisbane, Ywomo Ajang, Daniella Ajang, Miah Laurie, Indianna Baulch, Myla Attrill and Ava van Rooy practiced their routine this week. 140623LP38 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

(Top, left) Jarrah Sharp, Briea McLachlan and Kaneisha Dunn, with (bottom, left) Hannah Unwin, Lily Farley, Paige Brisbane, Ywomo Ajang, Daniella Ajang, Miah Laurie, Indianna Baulch, Myla Attrill and Ava van Rooy practiced their routine this week. 140623LP38 Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

Thirty kids making up teams known as Shipwrecked and Captains will represent the South West Cheer and Dance Gym (SWCDG) in Melbourne.

The three-day Winterfest Cheer and Dance Championship is run by the Australian All-Star Cheerleading Federation and has SWCDG’s Kirralee Badham excited about the experience.

The coach and owner of SWCDG understands there will be some butterflies.

“They’re a bit nervous because they don’t really know what to expect,” Ms Badham said.

The gym is sending a junior and senior team to Melbourne and although it’s a very new experience, their training and coaching should hold them in good stead.

“The junior team is very young, so it’s very new to them, all this competition stuff,” she said.

“But the coaches are very experienced with these kinds of things so they’re prepping them well.

“The kids learn dance skills, gymnastic skills, tumbling skills and stunting, just like you see in the movies.”

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