St Mary’s College cheerleaders practise for the World Cup Cheer and Dance Brisbane regional competition.
St Mary’s College cheerleaders practise for the World Cup Cheer and Dance Brisbane regional competition. David Nielsen

Cheer girls have lift-off

THE St Mary's College Strikers have taken school spirit to another level.

Members of the school's open cheer squad are putting the final touches on their dance, pom and hip-hop routines ahead of the Brisbane regional World Cup Cheer and Dance competition.

The squad of 30 girls will travel to Brisbane to take part in the competition over the weekend of June 16 and 17.

Cheer captain Ashlee Cope said the girls were looking forward to the challenge.

"It's the first competition of the year, so we've taught the new Year 8s all the moves and they're ready and really excited to compete," Ashlee said.

"Our routines are really coming along, and our hip-hop routine has a special theatrical theme, but we're keeping it under wraps."

Vice-captain Amba Phillips said cheerleading had grown to become a respected sport in Australia.

"It's a sport in itself. It's one of the main ones that our school promotes and we don't cheer for football teams or anything, we cheer in competitions," Amba said.

Co-supervisor Karen Callaghan said the sport was popular at the school.

"It's a very time-consuming sport and such a high level of competition, but the girls just love it," Ms Callaghan said.

"The thing I like most about it is the camaraderie and the trust - seeing the Year 12s teach the little ones all the stunts and passing the tradition on."

In previous years, the school's cheer squad has progressed to state and national levels of competition.



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