Spreading The Cheer
Spreading The Cheer
The National Cheerleading Championships Returns for a Second Edition
Singapore 8 March 2011 - The National Cheerleading Championships is back! Following a successful first edition in 2010, the best cheer squads in Singapore will once again battle it out at the National Cheerleading Championships 2011 on 19 and 20 March at the Jurong East Sports Hall.
This year’s edition will feature new cheerleading categories and celebrity judges, Justin Ang and Vernon A also known as the ‘Muttons’ from 987FM. The second best cheerleading squad in the world - the Rangsit University Cheerleading Team - from Thailand will also be making a special appearance and will aim to thrill the crowd with their stunning routines.
A total of 40 entries from Primary, Secondary and Tertiary schools, as well as independent cheerleading squads will dance, stunt and cheer their lungs out in the hopes of being crowned the National Cheerleading Champions 2011.
The competition will feature cheer squads competing in two segments. Teams in the ‘Competitive’ segment are required to perform original cheer routines with coordinated dance moves and stunts, while cheer teams in the ‘Freestyle’ segment are judged based on the creativity of their rendition of the “Go! Go! Singapore!!” cheer, and how they jazz up their performance with hand movements and colourful props.
“Cheering is vital to the overall sporting experience. Cheerleaders help to generate that buzz of excitement in a sporting arena by encouraging and leading fans in cheering on their teams with one voice,” said Ms Sharon Kam, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing, Singapore Sports Council.
“Cheerleaders help bring out the soul and passion in each fan, and we want to see a burgeoning cheer culture among Singaporeans. Whether is it cheering for our Team Singapore athletes during the SEA Games and World Netball Championships, for your favourite S-League team, or for your school mates during the National School Games or even during inter-class competitions, we want to hear your voices,” added Ms Kam.
The National Cheerleading Championships 2011 is co-organised by the SSC and the Federation of Cheerleading Singapore (FCS) in line with the Sporting Singapore vision of building a sustainable sports culture and to cultivate and encourage a cheering culture amongst Singaporeans.
The winning teams from the ‘Competitive’ segment will be invited to spread the cheer as cheer ambassadors during Public Service Week from 16 to 22 May and at the World Netball Championships that will be held in Singapore from 3 to 10 July.
Winners of the Open and High School categories from the ‘Competitive’ segment will go on to compete at the 3rd Asian-Thailand Cheerleading Invitational 2011, while the overall champions will win a spot at the 5th Cheerleading Asian-International Open 2011. Cash prizes of up to S$800 will be awarded to winning teams of the ‘Freestyle’ segment (all categories) and Competitive segment (primary school category).
The National Cheerleading Championships 2011 is held in conjunction of the Let’s Play movement, an initiative by the SSC to encourage all Singaporeans to embrace sports as a lifestyle choice, be it through playing, watching, cheering or volunteering for sports.
Annex A - National Cheerleading Championships 2011 Fact Sheet
DATE: Saturday, 19 and Sunday, 20 March 2011
VENUE: Jurong East Sports Hall (21 Jurong East Street 31 Singapore 609517)
ORGANISERS: Singapore Sports Council and the Federation of Cheerleading Singapore
GUEST-OF-HONOUR: Ms Grace Fu, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Education
Total no. of teams: 27 teams, 40 entries
- Team Event (12-16 persons per team)
Open (Universities, Independent Cheer Squads)
High School (Secondary Schools and Polytechnics)
- Group Stunts (five persons per team)
Mixed Team (maximum of three males)
Partner Stunts (two persons per team)
Freestyle Segment (12 - 25 persons per team)
- Secondary School
Top three winners of each category will receive trophies and medals
- Overall Champion - 50% subsidised trip to participate in the 5th Cheerleading Asian-International Open 2011
Top three teams from Open and High School categories - invitation to perform at Public Service Week and World Netball Championships 2011 Singapore, and 50% subsidised trip to participate in the 3rd Asian-Thailand Cheerleading invitational 2011
Primary School - 1st prize S$800, 2nd prize S$500, 3rd prize S$300
- Group Stunts
- Partner Stunts
1st prize S$800, 2nd prize S$500, 3rd prize S$300
- Secondary School
Judges representing International Federation of Cheerleading:
- Ms Ayako Kitano (Japan, Head Judge)
- Ms Yuko Minegishi (Japan)
- Mr Rapeepong Upama (Thailand)
- Mr Oki Trihartomo (Indonesia)
- Mr Ami Sulistyo (Indonesia)
- Mr Ajjie Mendelebar (Philippines)
Celebrity judges: Muttons of 987FM - Justin Ang and Vernon A
For media enquiries, please contact:
Singapore Sports Council
Office: (65) 6500 5246
About the Singapore Sports Council
Formed in 1973, the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) is tasked with developing a holistic sports culture for the nation. The SSC creates opportunities for people to excel in sports; opportunities for people to be engaged in sports as, coaches, officials, volunteers or fans; and opportunities for people to do business in sports as sponsors and investors. The SSC has changed the way Singaporeans view and participate in sports. Through sports, we now have an enhanced national identity thanks to our sports participation programmes; greater national pride as a result of high performance results at international and regional games; and more diversified economic stability through our vibrant sports industry initiatives.
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About Let’s Play
Let’s Play is a nation-wide movement by the Singapore Sports Council to encourage everyone in Singapore to embrace sports as a lifestyle choice. Sports, while also fun, offers health and social benefits. Let’s Play seeks to connect, energise and enrich everyone from all walks of life through the many aspects of sports, be it playing, watching, cheering or volunteering. For more information on Let’s Play, please visit www.sportsingapore.gov.sg.