Cheers for championships

By Megan Cunneen THE Cougars are fluffing their pom poms and perfecting their pyramids for the All Schools State Cheerleading Championships tomorrow night.

Kepnock State High School cheerleading team, the Cougars, have been rehearsing afternoons, lunchtimes and during their holidays to prepare for the competition.

Year 12 student Erikka Seittenranta was excited about the competition and confident about the gravity-defying lifts and flips they do in their routines.

"There is a lot of trust - we have never dropped anyone," Erikka said.

The Kepnock cheerleaders were in the competition last year and were awarded the encouragement award.

Cheerleading coach Nicole Pascoe said the squad had improved a lot since last year and had been committed to their practice sessions over the last few weeks.

"There is definitely a big improvement from last year - they will definitely take home an award of some kind," Miss Pascoe said.

The cheerleaders did their first public performance in the school hall yesterday afternoon for family and friends. There are 15 students in the squad, with 2 boys and 13 girls.

"They have been working hard especially as none of the students have extensive gymnastic training - they have done well," Miss Pascoe said.

The cheerleading team is also seeking sponsorship to help pay for their costumes and trips.



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