Majorettes and cheerleading these days has an increasingly high level of agility and skill and is considered a serious sport.
Hottentots Holland High School will be hosting the annual Western Province Majorettes and Cheerleading Association Champ of Champs event this Saturday 8 June.
Kieno Kammies talks to Public relations officer for the event, Yvonne Viljoen on how the sport has grown over the years to now also include male participants.
It is a Sascoc recognised sport and is awarded provincial colours.
It is absolutely a sport. In fact, I sat with the Minister of Sport and Cultural Affairs yesterday to discuss how to take the sport further in the province.— Yvonne Viljoen, Public relations officer - WP Majorettes Champs of Champs
She says the cheerleaders have just returned from the world comp in the US where they placed fifth.
It is an unrecognised sport and I don't think people realise it still exists.— Yvonne Viljoen, Public relations officer - WP Majorettes Champs of Champs
This coming weekend is the event that culminates the entire season, the Champ of Champs and kicks of on Saturday at 8am with 15 teams in the Western province participating. The prizegiving will take place at 10.15am.
The winning team will qualify to head off to the national championships taking place in East London on 22 June.
Viljoen encourages you to check out the Facebook page for Western Province Majorettes & Cheerleading Association and find a way to get youngsters involved in this sport
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