International debut for cheerleaders

TEAM All Stars showcases the very best of cheerleading talents in Malaysia. The 20-member team, aged between 15 and 22 who started off competing against each other at the National Cheerleading Competition, Cheer 2003 is now all set to make its presence felt at the 2005 British Cheerleading Association's (BCA) 16th Annual International Cheerleading Championships.  

The competition set to take place on 29 July in Nottingham, United Kingdom, marks Malaysia's debut in the international cheerleading arena.  

Ishak Z. Allan, the team's advisor said cheerleading, as a sport in Malaysia, is only five years old.  

It will be some time before it is awarded the same status as other sports like synchronised swimming and gymnastics.  

“I'm very proud of these youths, South City Plaza (SCP) and the other sponsors. Without their personal contributions of RM 1600 each and the generosity of all sponsors, the trip would not have been possible,” he said.  

Team AllStars withKayveas(centre),flankedby Tiew(left) andIshak, at thelaunch ofthe SouthCity PlazaCheer MasCompetition2005.

Kumpulan Emas Bhd general manager Vincent Tiew said his organisation decided to play its part in helping this group of spirited youths because “the small investment will give today's youths new opportunities to take part in sports - inside and outside the school gates.”  

It does not matter that it may be some time before cheerleading gains the same level of acceptance as a disciplined sports in this country as for the moment it has won the support of Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk M. Kayveas, who was present at the Cheque Presentation ceremony and the launching of South City Plaza Cheer Emas Competition 2005. He showed his full support in promoting cheerleading as a sport not just at school level but higher levels by making a personal contribution of RM2,000. 

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