PETALING JAYA: This year's Cheer 2003 – the country’s only national inter-school cheerleading competition – will see more schools taking part.
A total of 26 teams from 22 schools in the Klang Valley, Ipoh and Genting Highlands (Pahang) will be taking part compared to 20 teams last year.
This is the fourth consecutive year that The Star Youth2 is organising the competition; skincare brand Clean & Clear is the co-organiser and the event is supported by the Education Ministry, and Youth and Sports Ministry.
Representatives of squads taking part in Cheer 2003 attended a briefing session yesterday at Menara Star.
The 90-minute session saw cheerleaders and their teachers being informed of the competition guidelines and rules, scoring methods, safety issues and the code of conduct covering all cheerleaders, coaches, parents and fans.
The briefing also included a short demonstration on the correct techniques for certain stunts, namely the shoulder sit, Liberty and elevator.
The top three teams will each receive cash prizes including a Clean & Clear hamper, medal and certificate for each cheerleader, with the grand champion also receiving the championship trophy.
Additional awards will be given out for Best Dressed and Best Showmanship, while eight new squads will compete for the inaugural Best Newcomer award.
As in the past, Team Britain, the British national display squad will be flying in on June 19 to conduct clinics and also judge the competition.
Participants will learn basic cheerleading and safety techniques at the clinics, which will be held at KDU College in Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya on June 21 and 22, and at the Komtar Geodesic Dome in Penang on June 24. Admission is by registration only.
Cheer 2003 will be held at Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam from 9am to 5pm on June 29. Admission is free.
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