Regal team excels

DEDICATION, commitment, success.

Those three words adequately describe Bundaberg's history making Regal Xcel Marching Drill Dance team.

The 14-strong squad became the first from the Rum City in nearly 40 years to gain a medal at a nationals when they finished third in both the freestyle and exhibition sections at the titles in Adelaide.

Coach Pat Hooper said it was a fantastic effort by the girls.

"Everyone was so excited when we found out it was amazing," Hooper said.

"We had been preparing for the nationals for the last 12 months, so it was very satisfying for all the hard work to pay off."

Competition is separated into four phases: Precession drill - traditional style, Exhibition ? performed to a theme, Prop ? must use props in routine (Regal Xcel used hula hoops, clubs and ribbons), and Freestyle - open dance with no restrictions.

A strong performance was on the cards after they claimed victory at the Queensland championships earlier this year, but Hooper said they did not relax their preparations after the state titles.

"All the girls trained eight hours a day in the week leading up to the nationals, but it was worth it,'' Hooper said.

The great result could not have come at a more appropriate time, as the club celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

With everyone relying on each other, there are not many other activities where the word team is as justified.

"The whole team has to do its part, because you're only as good as your weakest link,'' Hooper said.

"Also we'd just like to thank everyone who helped us with fundraising because none of this would be possible otherwise.''

Always on the lookout for new members, Hooper said it was perfect for anyone who wanted to meet new people and keep fit.

"There are no special skills anyone needs. We teach everything at training,'' she said.

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