Teams off to nationals

THE second annual Eastern Cape Majorettes and Cheerleading Association’s (ECMA) provincial championship took place on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Gonubie Primary School.

Parents and enthusiasts came out in their numbers to support their favourite squads.

Gonubie Primary School, Lilyfontein Primary and Lilyfontein High competed in the four sections which were: Flag Group, Throwing Prop, Non Prop and Large Drill.

ECMA secretary Calista Stanton said they were still trying to drum up support from other schools.

“We still need more teams to take part in the sport. East London will be hosting the nationals next year and it will surely boost the tourism economy in the area,” Stanton said.

BIG CHEER: Sibulele Kentane led the Lilyfontein High School drummies to their uncontested victory Picture: AMANDA NANO

Young Protea and Lilyfontein school leader Sibulele Kentane, now in Grade 8, is counting down the months till the world championships, which are set to take place in Cape Town in September.

“I feel good and my parents are excited.It takes a lot of time to train but someday I’d like to do it professionally and start my own squad,” said Kentane.

Hudson Park High School gave an electrifying cheerleading performance, clearly indicating that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Lilyfontein Primary and Gonubie Primary received first and second places respectively in all sections, thereby making Lilyfontein Primary the Champion of Champions. Lilyfontein High won the high school section uncontested.

All the teams that participated in the competition have earned themselves a spot to compete at the national competition in Oudtshoorn from 30 June 30 to until July 7.

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