‘Drumming’ up a storm

DRUM ROLL: The Gonubie Primary School drum majorettes compete in the baton final on Tuesday at Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve near East London recently. Picture: AMANDA NANO

The South African Majorette and Cheerleading Association (Samca) national championships have taken East London by storm, with teams from all over the country arriving at Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve with hopes of victory.

Starting last Saturday, day one saw cheerleading teams fight it our for top honours in their respective categories.

Teams competing varied from primary schools, high schools and tertiary teams.

Eastern Cape Majorettes and Cheerleading Association (ECMCA) chairman Gareth Stanton said a lot can be learnt from participating teams.

“I’m very excited to see the rise of some incredible cheerleading squads. 2019 has defiantly been a trailblazer in the province for this sport and ECMCA is very excited to be part of this growth,“ Stanton said.

Days two, three and four were the president President’s majorettes semifinals and finals which started on Sunday.

The start of the semifinals saw local teams such as Gonubie Primary, Lilyfontein School, the Phoenix Majorette Club and Zimele majorettes compete to go through to the finals.

Samca president Wayne Oberem said it was wonderful to hold the event championships in such a unique setting.

“This is our 43rd championships and the standard of the teams is quite impressive and it will continue to grow. The sport isn’t just about the development of youth, but to broaden and widen their knowledge,” he said.

The week was not without hiccups as the weather rained out the field on Tuesday evening, resulting in a cancellation of the President’s primary and high school finals.

At the time of going to print, the results based on the semifinals had not been announced yet.

Wednesday saw the start of the elite majorette teams who will be vying for the all important title of Champion of Champions on Saturday evening when the event concludes. night.

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