AN all-male cheerleaders team — JAGS — grabbed the Cheer4Christmas champion title and walked home with cash prizes worth RM3,000.
The Cheer4Christmas competition organised by the Sungei Wang Plaza in conjunction with their Cheer-y Merry Christmas celebration was open to all cheerleaders aged 12 and above.
The JAGS team comprising cheerleaders aged between 13 and 27 amazed the judges and audiences with their breathtaking stunts and well-trained routines during the finals recently.
“We didn’t expect to win because other competing teams did very well, especially The Rebels. In fact, we also fell from the stunt like other teams. I believe it was our luck to win the competition,” said JAGS leader Muhammad Farid Nawarni,18.
The team worked hard for the past one month, practising three to four hours daily and will be using the cash prize money to purchase equipment for the team.
“We do not have trampoline and mats. They can be used by our team and juniors for their rehearsals,” he added. First runner-up and the second runner-up are The Rebels and Muriel 1 respectively. The Rebels, made up of eight male and female cheerleaders, won RM2,000 while Muriel 1, an all-female team won RM1,000.
The prizes were presented by Sungei Wang Plaza promotions and public relations senior manager K.K. Lim who was also a judge in the competition. The other judges were Chin Kim Heong, the coach for gymnastic, sport aerobic, rope skipping and Interna-tional gymnastic coach and Lee Wai Min, the first runner-up in the level four Group Stunts division at the AusCheer 2009.
According to Lim, the teams performed very well, incorporating talent and energy.
“I was impressed by their skills in performing various stunts like the basic two-legged stunts to one-legged extended stunts and the high-flying basket tosses. All these daring routines require extensive rehearsals and training,” he said.
During the selection, there were several weaknesses that were duely corrected during the finals. Christmas elements and stunts enhanced their performance.
Each team was required to perform for four minutes and they were given the flexibility to choose between cheers in modern dance, abstract dance, ballet, hip hop, jazz or cultural dance.
They also tried various stunts like Liberty, Scale, Pyramid and Crazy Eight.