KUALA LUMPUR: The traditional powerhouses ruled on the first day of Cheer 2005, with a couple of new teams trying to spring a surprise.
Last year's champions, SMK Seri Bintang Utara's Shirtliff, finished among the top 15 teams. They were joined by powerhouses SMK Convent Bukit Nanas' Adele and Xavier, SMJK Ave Maria Convent Ipoh's Titans, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (4)'s Blitzerz and SMK Seafield's Vulcanz boys and girls teams.
The Cheer 2005 national competition has 28 teams competing over two days. The team with the best aggregate score will be declared the winner.
Two new teams hoping to upset the powerhouses are SMK USJ 13's Hollaback and Cheer 2005 North champions SMJK Ave Maria Convent Ipoh's E-Lektra.
Good variety was in abundance and some new teams were a little nervous but still gave a creditable performance, said chief judge Heather Sayles of the British Cheerleading Association.
Sayles' colleagues Rebekah Parker, Simon Ogden and Liam Nuttall as well as the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation's Loh Soong Park and Khairil Ismail also judged the competition.
Adidas Malaysia senior marketing manager Lionel Yew and model Amber Chia judged the Best Dressed category.
Cheer 2005 has attracted participation from 25 schools.
The first day of the competition was held yesterday at Stadium Putra. Today's event will begin from 1pm to 6pm. Admission is free.
Malaysian Idol Jaclyn Victor will perform three songs at today's event.
The grand prize for Cheer 2005 includes a championship trophy, RM5,000 cash and a RM100 Adidas voucher for each squad member.
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