Purple Thunder creates a storm

Purple Thunder creates a storm

The Mount Gambier Purple Thunder Cheerleading team ventured to Adelaide a few weeks ago and returned with remarkable success.

Competing at the Australian All Star Cheerleading Winterfest, Purple Thunder Cheerleading coach Suzanne Flanangan said the trip was a big success and the perfect way to start the new season.

“We had a competition in Adelaide a few weeks ago and had three competition teams competing,” she said.

“We have 43 athletes and it was the first comp of the year and it was successful.

“Two of our teams got third place out of five teams and our senior girls finished second out of 16.

“Having gained these placings the girls got points for team standout and technique, meaning they are really strong athletes.

“Their timing was great and they just had that overall energy in their routine which gave the results.”

The determined girls are now back into the grind of training and a lot of hard work is ahead with new routines instore.

This has made the going a little bit harder with new skill sets to be perfected ahead of their next competition in August.

“The group trains two and a half hours a week and some do more and spend many more hours getting our team members ready,” Flanagan said

“Our choreography is a big part of making sure that we can hit our scorecard as best as we can.”

Flanangan said her crew pours in many hours of training to get the routines perfect for competition.

“We just try really hard to get it right with the foundations and technique so we can prepare our athletes the best way we can,” she said.

The Purple Thunder Cheerleading group has been going for six years and has a good strong core group.

After beginning with just one small team, they have now grown to being a four-team strong group.

They will now continue to work together and build up to the next three competitions with an international event the highlight.

The group is always looking for new members to join and have fun to work their way through the various classes starting from recreational to competition.

If you are interested the Purple Thunder cheerleading team can be contacted on the Facebook page.

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