Purple Thunder storms home

Purple Thunder storms home

Mount Gambier’s Purple Thunder has plenty to cheer about after securing victory in its first competitions of the season.

Purple Thunder Cheerleading athletes competed in the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation Winterfest in Adelaide before heading to Cheercon on the weekend.

The group secured wins at both competitions, winning several divisions and placing in others.

In the first competition, two divisions came away with wins from the AASCF Winterfest.

The Senior Level 2 team Storm competed for the first time in a Level 2 division and after some incredible routines managed to place first in its division.

The other team from the Purple Thunder Cheer which came away with the victory was the Youth Level 1 team Hurricane, which had a fierce line up of five teams, performing an elite level routine.

Purple Thunder Cheerleading coaches said the first competition of the season was always nerve-racking, with brand new routines and brand new skills to perform.

“The sides were feeling both excited and nervous all at once but managed to perform confidently to get the result,” the coaches said.

“These teams are now extremely excited for the remainder of the competition season.”

After the success at Winterfest, the teams travelled to Cheercon Icebreaker in Adelaide, with all six Purple Cheer groups competing.

The coaches said the back to back competitions were a great experience for the more experienced teams Hurricane and Storm.

The Purple Thunder Cheer team had four new teams hitting the stage for the first time during the Cheercon Icebreaker, all performing new routines.

One of the new teams was the Minis team which comprises athletes aged five years old to nine years old, known as Starlite.

The other new teams to hit the stage during the Cheercon Icebreaker included Adult team Flames, second Level 2 team Lightning and second Level 1 team Warriors.

The Minis Starlite side won first place, taking the floor for the first time and “hitting zero”, with no deductions or mistakes.

Warriors also won their division, also “hitting zero”, before going on to be named second runner up CheerStars grand champions.

Both the Lightning and Flames groups also won their sections with no mistakes or deductions, while Lightning team was runner up CheerStars grand champions.

The new Adult Flames team went on to win CheerStars grand champions.

Overall the Purple Thunder Cheerleading club had the highest percentage of routines hit zero, topping off an extremely successful weekend of competition.

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