US challenges young cheerleaders
A CURRUMBIN cheerleading squad has earned trips to two US competitions.
Currumbin Gymnastics and Dance cheerleading squad the Cheetahs will compete in the Duel in Desert and the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleading National Championships in February and October 2012.
Junior level two squad the Cheetahs placed first at regionals, states and nationals at the All Star Cheerleading Federation State Championships and the Downunder Spirits Championships this year.
The young Cheetahs are now training three hours per week for their overseas trip to compete against cheerleading's pioneers.
Currumbin Gymnastics and Dance director Angie Baxter said the Cheetahs would show their American competition a high level of skill.
Everyone was pleased with the Cheetahs' competition results, Ms Baxter said.
"We are incredibly proud; we are a small club tucked away in Currumbin," she said.
"Every time the team competes they bring home a trophy.
"Their coaches Jessie Baxter and Stacey Bowman, both 19, have had them winning first place for over two years."
The squad is now looking forward to their overseas adventure, competition and sightseeing. "Hopefully we will place at the competition," Ms Baxter said.
Currumbin Gymnastics and Dance will accept any donations or sponsorship to help the squad get to California.
"We are selling raffle tickets . . . and looking for sponsorship - big or small," Ms Baxter said.
- Caroline Kovac