Cheerleaders flip for title of HK champions

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 January, 2008, 12:00am

Give us a 'brrr'! Cheerleaders braved the chilly morning air yesterday to take part in Hong Kong's first Open Cheerleading Championships.

The competition, organised by the Cheerleading Federation of Hong Kong China, was held at Ocean Park. Twelve teams from kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, as well as sports organisations, took part.

Each team performed an individually choreographed performance to promote the theme 'Let's Conserve our Wildlife Animals', and to raise awareness of the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation's projects on wildlife conservation.

Federation president Danny Yen Ho-yin said he hoped local youngsters would embrace cheerleading.

'I hope the government can give more support and positive promotion [to cheerleading],' he said.

Yesterday's winners were the girls of the Yuen Long District Sports Association, who cartwheeled and flipped in the air in an impressive gymnastic performance.

Team leader Letty Chan Lok-ching, 14, was excited to win and said team spirit was the most important element in cheerleading.

Letty and her teammates, who have extensive gymnastic backgrounds, spent half a year preparing for the competition.

Their coach, Sharon Tsoi Suet-fun, said they were going to Beijing this month to participate in another competition for volunteer cheerleaders at the Olympics. 'We're very confident,' Ms Tsoi said.

Three award-winning cheerleading squads from Japan went through their paces at a demonstration after the competition.

The teams - from high schools and universities in Osaka, Kanagawa and Tokyo - said they were visiting Hong Kong to support the city's first open cheerleading competition.