JOHOR BARU: Despite a member of their squad being sidelined due to a hand injury, the cheerleaders from Malacca's SMK Infant Jesus put on a mesmerising performance to clinch the top spot in the southern region finals of Cheer 2012 here.
Team captain Angelin Chew, 16, said they had been training six months prior to the event when one of their members fell during a choreographed routine and broke her hand.
“It was a huge disappointment, but we did not let it bring the team down. Instead, we kept on smiling and cheering each other on,” she said.
The runner-up in the southern finals was another team from Malacca, the Eagles of SMK (P) Methodist, whose members said they were assisted by cheerleader-related movies, such as Bring It On, as they do not have a coach or choreographer to help them prepare for the finals.
“I am proud of my squad members, who gave their all,” said team captain Wong Keet Yian, 17.
In third place was the all-boys squad from SMK Impian Emas here, who called themselves Voltage.
“We want to win the grand nationals and make our school proud. We also want to show the girls that boys too can be good cheerleaders,” said captain Ahamd Alauuddin Ahamd Shukor, 15.
The three teams won cash prizes of RM2,000, RM1,500 and RM1,000 respectively, together with medals, products from Sikygirl and Sugus, and an all-expenses paid trip to Shah Alam, where the national grand finals will be held at Stadium Malawati on June 16 and June 17.
Cheer 2012 is organised by R.AGE and Galaxie, and co-presented by Silkygirl and Sugus.