New Beginnings: There is more to cheerleading than girls with pom poms

Samantha Hogg, owner of Cheer Stars Cheerleading started cheerleading at the the age of 17 in Johannesburg. She says cheerleading involves more than people see on television with girls running around dancing with pom poms before the start of a match.

Cheerleading started off as male sport, and when men went off to war, women took over cheerleading.

In Johannesburg it has been practices as a sport for the past 15 years.

Upon moving to Cape Town, Hogg started her own cheerleading company, where she teaches competitive cheerleading to young children.

It is a very strenuous sport and you need to be very fit and very active, and is very quick paced. It is a very tough sport and takes a lot of time to train and prepare for the competitions

Samantha Hogg, owner of Cheer Stars Cheerleading

We obviously get a bit annoyed when people tell us it is not a sport

Samantha Hogg, owner of Cheer Stars Cheerleading

Hogg says when competing, the dancing doesn't take up 5 % on the score sheet. It is mainly the stunts and pyramid that are judged.

She says cheerleading boosts children's confidence as they learn very tough routines and perform in public at packed venues.

For more info on Cheer Stars go to their website

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