Troupe gives a cheer at State competition

ARRAN MORTONSound Telegraph

There was reason to cheer at Safety Bay Senior High School recently when its troupe of cheer-dance students scooped top prizes at a State-wide competition.

SBSHS Level 1 Cubs, Level 2 Infinity and Level 3 Cougars teams impressed judges with their respective routines, and each took first place at the Auscheer Interschool State Championships in Perth, coach Melissa Wiltshire said.

Two further groups took second and third place respectively.

“The hard work the girls have put in has really paid off,” she said.

“We’ve had specialist cheer and cheer dance program here at Safety Bay since 2004 — it’s a great way for girls to get involved with physical activity that combines dance, creativity and team-work.”

Ms Wiltshire, who coaches teams along with Kymberlie Shepherd, said the school’s cheer-dance students studied various different styles of dancing including ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and neo-classical as part of involvement with the program, and hoped senior students would be able to complete a certificate two dance qualification.

Year 9 team captain Dayna Suckling, 14, said her involvement in cheer-dance was an opportunity to mix with others.

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