PETALING JAYA: A group of celebrities are coming together to give the local cheerleading community a lift – by each learning a cheerleading stunt.
The CHEER Celebrity Supporter contest will see six secondary school cheerleading teams paired with celebrity ambassadors ahead of CHEER 2015, Malaysia’s top cheerleading competition.
Last week, some of the celebrities surpised the teams during training, and attempted some stunts – the easier ones, of course.
YouTube stars Reuben Kang, Marianne Tan and Jared Lee were shown by the Dynamitez of SMK Damansara Jaya how to do a half extension, which involves a cheerleader being lifted by his feet up to shoulder level by two teammates.
“It looks so easy, especially for the flyer (the cheerleader on top) because you just have to stand there,” said Kang. “But it’s not! It takes a lot of strength just to balance yourself up there.”
The celebrities were also impressed by the dedication of the cheerleaders, many of whom train all year long for CHEER.
“These kids work incredibly hard, and they’re practising every day of the week now that the CHEER finals is happening next month,” said comedian and photographer Prakash Daniel, who visited team Zodiac Co-Ed from SMK Kepong and learned how to do a toe-touch.
“They really put in a lot of effort and it’s nice to see the kids doing what they love. The schools’ former students even come back to help them out, so it feels like they’re a family.”
YouTube star Joseph Germani was particularly impressed with the teamwork demonstarted by his adopted team – Muriel from SMK (P) Pudu.
“When you see cheerleaders performing up close, you’ll be amazed at how well coordinated their stunts are. It really is a team effort,” said Germani.
Dynamitez captain Loh Pui Yee, 17, said the team hopes to make Kang, Tan and Lee proud by putting on a flawless routine at the CHEER finals on Aug 15.
“We don’t get a much support for cheerleading, so it feels great to get that kind of encouragement from them,” said Loh.
Zodiac cheerleader Phun Hew Quan, 16, said: “We really appreciate (Prakash’s) support! He was very nice, and very funny, and we hope he can come watch us perform at the finals.”
Three more celebrities – dancer and YouTube star Dennis Yin, Red Breakfast WTF show hosts JJ Fernandez and Ezra Mei, and Red FM deejay Jeremy Teo – will be visiting their respective teams in the coming week.
Videos of all the celebrity school visits will be posted on rage.com.my/cheer.
The celebrities will also be attending the CHEER finals at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre. The finals, which has been held every year since 2000, draws around 35 teams and 10,000 spectators.
> CHEER 2015 is organised by R.AGE and co-sponsored by U Mobile. Clean & Clear is the official skincare partner.
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