PETALING JAYA: More than 400 teenagers from the Klang Valley gathered at Dewan D’Kelana here over the past two days for cheerleading clinics conducted by instructors from the British Cheerleading Association.
At each of the four-hour clinics, Heather Sayles, Rebekah Parker, Simon Ogden and Liam Nuttall coached the students on basic moves like arm motions, jumps and stunts.
They emphasised the importance of using the correct techniques to ensure the cheerleaders’ safety during routines.
The Britishers also helped to fine-tune the cheerleading squads’ routines ahead of Cheer 2005 this Saturday.
They will be giving cheerleading enthusiasts more tips and techniques over Red 104.9 at 9am today.
The clinics were part of Cheer 2005, the national inter-school cheerleading competition organised by The Star Youth2 and skincare brand Clean & Clear.
Ezwana Eddy, 16, captain of Ballistics from SMK Bandar Utama here, said her squad learnt the correct way to build stunts from the instructors.
“We don’t have a coach, so all the while we just observed what others did and tried to do the same,” she added.
Mandy Lim, 17, captain of Muriel from SMK (P) Pudu in Kuala Lumpur, said her squad was glad to be able to try sponge elevations, a stunt they had never done before.
Florence Lim, 17, captain of Hollaback from SMK USJ 13 in Subang Jaya, said her squad would try to incorporate some of the new techniques into their cheerleading routine by Saturday.
Cheer 2005 has attracted 31 teams from 25 schools in the Klang Valley, Ipoh and Penang. The two-day competition will be held at Stadium Putra in Bukit Jalil from 9am to 1pm this Saturday and from 1pm to 6pm on Sunday. Admission is free.
Teams will compete for the grand prize which includes a championship trophy, RM5,000 cash, medals, a RM100 adidas voucher for each squad member, Momoe bags and vouchers, and a Clean & Clear hamper.
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