The leading team from the Central University of Technology (CUT) in the Free State won the gold medal at the national competitions of the South African Morettes and The Cheerleading Association which were held in Polokwane, Limpopo at the end of a week.
CUT, which competed with three other teams, came first.
The team entered the first competition held at Hoërskool Fichardtpark in July and qualified for the provincial competition, where they secured a place at the national level.
Coach Vani Chaka said when he arrived at CUT, there was no team of players. She saw an opportunity to start another using her experience, passion and love of cheerleading.
“So, I went to the CUT sports office and asked for the opportunity to start a support group,” shared Chaka.
“When we started, the team had only four athletes, and sometimes I thought it would never succeed. However, deep down I felt that it would not help me to study for four full years at university and not bring about any positive change.”
He said that if it was not for the dedication and sacrifice of the team, the 17 athletes would not have brought home the gold medal.
“From here, the goal is for the team to achieve more and raise individual achievements among the athletes, as I plan to take them to trials and get provincial and national colours.”
The chairman of the CUT players’ team, Nomfundo Ngwetsheni, said that the victory is interesting, especially since most of the team members have no experience.
As most of us were inexperienced, we expected to do well, not necessarily to win. However, because of our dedication and hard work, we knew we had something special to offer as a team,” said Ngwetsheni.
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