SEVERAL groups of Malaysian cheerleaders have won an international cheerleading competition thanks to the generosity of their parents.
The two cheerleading teams comprising pupils from five primary schools won the Gold Prize in both Levels One and Two of the 2019 ICU Asian Junior Cheerleading Championship and Asian Cheerleading Championship & Asia-Pacific Cup Cheerleading Open.
The participants’ parents were very generous, whether in cash or kind, as they believed it was an opportunity for their children to gain exposure in the international arena.
All expenses were borne by the parents and some of them accompanied their children to the championship held in Shenzen, China on Nov 2.
The teams composed of pupils from SJK (C) Lick Hung, SJK(C) Lai Meng, SK Bukit Damansara, SK Convent Bukit Nanas and SK Bandar Utama Damansara 4, who took home the prizes partially thanks to their loud cheers of “Malaysia Boleh.”
The team that took part in Level One had 21 pupils while the other team, taking part in Level Two, had 24 pupils.
They had been training for almost one-and-a-half months and their efforts were not in vain as they took home a trophy, medals and certificates as prizes.
SJK (C) Lick Hung school board director Datuk Lim Hong Thye congratulated the young girls on their win.
At the same time, he hoped that the Education Ministry would step in and provide professional training and sponsorship through funding them.
“We don’t want to lose talents because pupils can’t afford to take part in international competitions, ” he adds.
The school’s headmistress Ngann Sook Wei and co-curricular senior assistant Tan Saw Kim accompanied the cheerleaders to Shenzhen to provide moral support.
Ngann says she feels delighted for the pupils’ outstanding performances and achievements and thanked the coaches for their endless support and guidance.
The competition saw participants from 12 countries - Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines and Pakistan - coming together to cheer their countries to victory.
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