KUALA LUMPUR: Three-time national cheerleading champion Shirtliff from SMK Seri Bintang Utara, Kuala Lumpur, retained its title at Cheer 2004 yesterday at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil, making the victory its fourth since the national inter-school cheerleading competition started in 2000.
Shirtliff coped with team injuries before, during and after the competition to put up a clean, advanced and enjoyable routine that won the judges over, besting 35 other teams from 30 schools in the Klang Valley, Ipoh and Penang in the process to win the championship trophy, medals, a hamper worth RM300 and RM5,000 from skincare brand Clean & Clear, and fashionable handbags from Momoe worth RM2,500.
“No one can describe how happy we are and no words can explain it. We have already made our seniors, school, teachers, parents and supporters proud.
“It was a relief to win as there was a lot of pressure, and it was all worth it because our efforts paid off,” said squad captain Raja Azila Raja Abdul Aziz, 17.
Dynamitez from SMK Damansara Jaya, Petaling Jaya, emerged second again this year to take home medals, a hamper worth RM200 and RM3,000 from Clean & Clear, and Momoe handbags worth RM1,500.
Second runner-up Adele from SMK Convent Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur won medals, a hamper worth RM100 and RM2,000 from Clean & Clear, and Momoe handbags worth RM1,000.
Adele’s sister squad Xavier, went home with RM500 and a hamper worth RM200 from Clean & Clear for winning the Best Showmanship award.
SMK Seafield’s Vulcanz all-girl squad clinched the Best Newcomer award last year and Cheer 2004 saw the Subang Jaya school’s Vulcanz all-boy team emulating its sister squad’s success by winning the award this year. It received RM500 and a hamper worth RM200 from Clean & Clear.
Cheer 2004 regional champions, Titans from SMJK Ave Maria Convent in Ipoh, won the Best Dressed award for the second year running, after winning the same award at Cheer 2004 North a week ago. Each team member received Adidas vouchers worth RM300.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said presented the prizes to the winners.
“I would like to see this event grow bigger and be brought from north to south and east to west,” she told reporters later.
Judges for this year’s competition were Angela Brown, Amanda Bryan, Bonnie Crow, Darren Adams and Robert Brown of the British Cheerleading Association, Wong Yuh Ling and Chong Yen Yee from the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation, and Adidas (M) Sdn Bhd senior marketing manager Lionel Yew and fashion consultant/stylist Peter Lum, who both judged the Best Dressed category.
As the scores were tabulated, the crowd was entertained by performances from the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation rhythmic gymnastics team, Akademi Fantasia winner Vince, Irish pop group Bellefire, and a display performance by the British Cheerleading Association judges.
Cheer 2004, the country’s only national inter-school cheerleading competition was organised by The Star’s Youth2, co-organised by Clean & Clear. It is supported by the Education Ministry, and the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Present were Star Publications (Malaysia) Bhd deputy group general manager Datin Linda Ngiam, Johnson & Johnson marketing director Winnie Khor, and Datin Siti Nooriah, wife of Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique.
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