Cheerleaders fly to the top
SIX Evans River K-12 School students and ten younger students from other schools have formed a co-educational cheerleading squad, Just Dance Richmond Rumours.
Although formed in 2011, the squad only decided to compete this year and has made strong inroads into Australian All Stars Cheerleading Federation competitions in Queensland.
At its most recent outing, Rumours secured second in Brisbane following a creditable fourth on the Gold Coast. The Evans River students are Jade Collins, Chloe Gillett and Michael Lock (Year 8) and, Olivia Bell, Millie Corbett and Hayley Trustum (Year 7).
Olivia said that she wanted to be a cheerleader since seeing squads on movies.
"Trusting the bases is so important," she said, "so that when I fly, I'm free like a bird; it's awesome."
Chloe, 14, said that cheerleading is very good for fitness and enjoyment.
"It also builds co-ordination, teamwork and a high level of trust," she said, "We have that and we're very comfortable with each other.
"We waited until this year to enter competitions; we wanted to feel we were ready for the experience.
"But never did I think that we could go this far this quickly; I thought maybe 10th, and that would have been okay."
Rumours members are coached by Tammy Tuck, Sue Levot, and Chelsea Dauscher.