PENANG: About 270 cheerleaders from all over the state converged at the Komtar Geodesic Dome yesterday afternoon to take part in the Cheer 2003 clinic conducted by the British national display cheerleading squad, Team Britain.
The cheerleaders from 12 secondary schools and a college spent nearly three hours learning arm motions, cheer, dance and stunting techniques in the beginners' programme.
Yesterday's clinic was the third this year, following two others held in Selangor over the weekend.
Cheer 2003, the country's only national inter-school cheerleading competition, is organised by Youth 2 of The Star and skincare brand Clean & Clear.
This Sunday, 25 teams from 22 schools in the Klang Valley, Ipoh and Genting Highlands will compete for the grand prize of RM5,000, a Clean & Clear hamper worth RM300, and the championship trophy.
The first runner-up will receive RM3,000 and a Clean & Clear hamper worth RM200 while the second runner-up will get RM2,000, and a RM100 Clean & Clear hamper.
Besides the Best Showmanship and Best Dressed awards, medals and certificates will also be given out. Eight new squads will compete for the inaugural Best Newcomer award.
The judges will be Team Britain and Choo Kim Lian from the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation, while reigning Miss Malaysia/Universe Elaine Daly is the guest judge for the Best Dressed category.
Cheer 200, which is supported by the Education Ministry, and the Youth and Sports Ministry, will be held at Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam, Selangor, from 9am to 5pm on June 29. Admission is free.
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