THREE cheers for Redeemer Lutheran College with their cheerleading team heading to Sydney earlier in the month for competitions where they placed variously in the top three.
The 29 boy and girl students, aged 11 to 15, travelled interstate with coach Kylie Pocklington.
"Cheerleading and dance is all about team work so it was the work of every student who helped the team to achieve success,” Kylie said.
"Everyone cheered and danced their hearts out, oozed energy and had fun.”
In order to get the competition, the students put in hours of hard work and training.
"We normally practice for once a week but in the lead up to the Scholastic Nationals we also held weekend and lunchtime practices as well,” Kylie said.
Competing against students from larger schools and the cities, Kylie said it was an amazing experience for the students.
"The majority of students have only ever competed at CQ Regional events so it was great to be competing with teams from across Australia,”she said.
"The students also learnt a lot from the other competitors and are even more motivated to keep achieving their personal best.”
For some students, it was their first competition.
" Although some of the students have now been cheerleading for a couple of years, we had a lot of new members who were competing at a big event for the first time,” Kylie said.
"It was quite daunting for them seeing the size of the venue and the number of teams.
"The experienced members and the captains really helped the newer team members to be calm and try their best.”
Having coached cheerleading and dance for the past 16 years and worked as a judge, Kylie is more than passionate about the sport - a passion she has enstilled in Redeemer.
"When I moved to Biloela, I knew that cheerleading and dance was something that would really benefit the students of our community,” she said.
"Over the past two years our program has grown to include over 70 primary and secondary students and will be bigger again next year.
"It is wonderful to see the students embrace the activity and really strive to achieve.”
Kylie said it teaches the students a lot of good skills and qualities.
"First and foremost is teamwork and commitment, cheerleading doesn't work if you are not working as a team,” she said.
"Stunts and pyramids don't go up if the group is not working together as a unit, the team can't practice if someone is away and everyone needs to be practicing and performing 100per cent to ensure team success.”
Cheerleading is also fantastic for fitness, flexibility, strength and coordination, Kylie said.
"A cheer routine is very fast paced and energetic so fitness is so important,” she said.
"Cheerleading also teaches skills such as tumbling, jumps, dance and stunting.
"There is no other activity like it, which is why so many students are drawn to the sport.”
Scholastics Nationals on October 14
2nd place for all routines - Cheer level 1, Pom and Hip Hop
Spring Carnival on October 15
1st place for Hip Hop
2nd place for Pom
3rd place for Cheer Level 1
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