Cheerleaders from St Peter’s School finished ahead of teams from around the country when they competed at the Cheerbrandz Spring Carnival cheerleading competition in Auckland on Sunday, September 16, taking out the title for the School Jump round.
The winning team’s cheer coach Cassidy Faber said she was “so proud” of the team, competing as the STP Diamonds. “They train really hard,” she said. “It all just came together on the day.”
The team mostly included Year 7 and 8 students, and they were competing in a high school division against teams largely made up of Year 11 and 12 students. In addition, a few of the cheerleaders were sick, but it didn’t stop them from competing flawlessly on the day.
“We did have tough competition,” Cassidy said. “I was really happy (when realising they’d won), but at the same time their routine was so good I wasn’t that surprised! … It was awesome.”
“I thought it was really cool. The hard work definitely paid off, it was quite satisfying,” said the team’s captain Cheyenne Oliver, adding that the competition as a whole was quite fun for the team. “Everyone was all smiling, everyone was really enjoying themselves, there wasn’t a dull moment.”
The team – Casey-Lee Clarke, Jody-Lee Clarke, Charlise Davison, Lucy Frengley, Ashleigh Hjorth, Kendra Macklow, Kelsey McCullagh, Amy McFarlane, Patyn Mockford, Ashley O’Connor, Cheyenne Oliver, Olivia Otto, Amy Sciascia, Asha Shipman, Katie Smith, Lani Smith, Milla Swanson-Dobbs and Mitchell Wilcock – will compete at the national competition in Auckland on November 11.