The RGS cheerleading squad is off to Hawaii to compete in the Aloha International Spirit Championships.
The RGS cheerleading squad is off to Hawaii to compete in the Aloha International Spirit Championships. Tom Huntley

Cheerleading squad set to do us proud at Hawaii event

THIS month will mark the first time a local cheerleading squad has competed overseas, according to RGS cheerleading coach Margaret-Mary Opstelten.

A squad of 12 young athletes from throughout the region are set to perform at the Aloha International Spirit Championships in Hawaii between March 29 and April 4.

The team was told it could compete at the championships after excelling at the Aussie Gold International Cheer and Dance Championships last year on the Gold Coast.

They competed in three divisions, walking away with a first, second and a fourth place .

Ms Opstelten said it was a great achievement considering there were only two other teams heading to Hawaii and they were from larger cities - Townsville and the Sunshine Coast.

Members of the RGS team agreed it was an honour and very exciting to be heading overseas.

The group trains every Sunday for a few hours and the athletes work on individual fitness during the week.

"They've improved and got better at their routine from the Gold Coast," Ms Opstelten said.

Locals may have seen the squad at performances around the region, including the Port City Power games as they are the cheerleaders for the squad - just in a different uniform.

The squad is appreciative of the support it has received from the local community and their sponsors.

 



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