A cheerleading team from the Free State’s Central University of Technology (CUT) secured a gold medal at the South African Morettes and Cheerleading Association national competitions over the weekend in Polokwane, Limpopo.
CUT, which competed against three other teams, took first place.
The team entered the first competition, held at Hoërskool Fichardtpark in July, and qualified for the provincial tournament, where they secured a place at national level.
Coach Vani Chaka said when she arrived at CUT, there was no cheerleading team. She saw an opportunity to start one using her experience, passion and love for cheerleading.
“So I went to the CUT athletic office and asked for an opportunity to start a cheerleading team,” Chaka shared.
“When we started there were only four athletes on the team and at times I thought it would never be a success. However, deep down I felt that studying at university for four full years and not bringing positive change would be useless to me.”
She said without the team’s commitment and dedication, the 17 athletes would not have brought home the gold medal.
“From here the goal is for the team to achieve more and encourage the individual achievements of the athletes as I plan to take them to trials and give them provincial and national colors.”
CUT cheerleading team chairman Nomfundo Ngwetsheni said the win was impressive, especially given that most of the team members were inexperienced.
“Even though most of us were inexperienced, we expected to do well, not necessarily win. However, because of our dedication and all the hard work we put in, we knew we had something special to offer as a team,” said Ngwetsheni.
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