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National stage beckons for SW cheer leaders

Brooke RolfeSouth Western Times
Megan Foster, 11 Charley Jaeger, 8 Lillianah Smith, 7 Laine Macpherson, 8 Ella Jaeger, 6 Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times
Camera IconMegan Foster, 11 Charley Jaeger, 8 Lillianah Smith, 7 Laine Macpherson, 8 Ella Jaeger, 6 Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

The future of cheerleading in Bunbury is in safe hands with a group of talented young dancers scoring highly at the sport’s national competition in Brisbane.

The group of five girls aged between six and 11 represented Bunbury’s instalment of the Perth Cheer and Dance Crew and placed forth in the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation’s national event last month.

With their aptly-named group Destiny, the girls channelled a year’s worth of practice into their performance which coach Jess Cala said was “amazing”.

“It was awesome, because we don’t have as much competition here in Perth, so just to go over and see how they rank against all the other States was great,” Miss Cala said.

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While there was only six other teams in the girls’ category, Miss Cala said it was a huge achievement, given how much they had improved since the beginning of the year.

“At the start of the year I didn’t think they would do that well,” she said.

“They’ve improved so much this year.”

Miss Cala said although the school didn’t have a permanent training facility like most of their opponents, the girls’ skill level was not compromised and they “looked great”.

“They just stand out with their uniforms and their bows and everything,” she said.

Their routine included a combination of dance, jumps, tumbling and lifts like pyramids and boosting each other up.

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