The Port City Power cheerleading team.
The Port City Power cheerleading team.

Girls power up at State of Origin



THERE will be thirteen Gladstone smiles, 26 pom-poms and girls flying at the next State of Origin.

Gladstone's Port City Power cheerleading team is performing before this year's State of Origin III and at half time.

Thirteen-year-old Ashleigh Leeson is excited to be cheering at the State of Origin for her second time.

"I went when I was 10 and we were the youngest girls there,'' Ashleigh said.

The team will join other girls from Queensland in Brisbane next Friday for training before the big match on July 6.

Further auditions before the game will give some of the girls the opportunity to perform on the sidelines with the more experienced cheerleaders.

Coach Margaret-Mary Opstelten sent an audition tape to Gymnastics Australia and the team was invited to perform at the State of Origin.

The Port City Power team cheers for the Port City Power basketball team and some of the girls have only been performing for six months.

The opportunity to cheer at State of Origin III is something everyone is thrilled about.

"My dad's jealous,'' Ashleigh said.

Cheerleading has taken off in recent years and the girls love the combination of dance, gymnastics and acrobatics.

"It's fun, energetic and different,'' Ashleigh said.

"I like getting thrown from the top, it's fun being in the air.



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