Help them get to Bloemfontein

2015-05-05 06:00

They are perfecting their routines and doubling the stunts and with their eyes on the prize, Fish Hoek cheerleaders are preparing for the national championships.

Under the guidance of coaches Sam Hogg and Troy Fish, the two teams are working hard to make their communities proud.

Hogg explains the junior team consists of female pupils from Fish Hoek Primary School, while the high school team is co-ed with pupils from schools across the valley.

She says the sport is relatively new in the Western Cape, but is quite popular in Gauteng. Both coaches are qualified and registered with the South African Majorette and Cheerleading Association (Samca).

“We saw a gap and decided to start in Fish Hoek. It is such a fantastic sport which consists of various activities including dancing, tumbling and stunts,” says Hogg.

Among the common misconceptions about cheerleading are that the sport is normally for “skinny girls”, but Hogg says stronger girls are needed and children of all ages have fun.

Last year the team came first in the province and went on to compete at the national championships where they came third.

Now the teams are preparing once again to compete with other provinces at the national competition in July. But the trip for 45 people will cost R75 000 and cheerleaders are spending all their free time trying to raise funds.

With a variety of prize donations including a portable floodlight, tattoo voucher among other items they have started a raffle and have called on the community to assist. The tickets cost R20 each and can be bought at various shops or it can be bought from Hogg (see contact details at end of article).

There is also a grand prize for a weekend break at a Beach View apartment in Muizenberg and sponsors who purchase five or more tickets will be entered into a draw which takes place on Tuesday 9 June at 19:30.

Hogg explains the teams train twice a week but as the competition nears, they have amped up training to three times a week. But the team will also be working on their waitering skills as they take on shadow shifts at a Fish Hoek restaurant Spur where a portion of the sales go towards the funds needed for the trip.

To date they have raised just under R5 000 and will be conducting shadow shifts on Tuesday 28 April, Tuesday 19 May and Tuesday 9 June.

Hogg explains they are looking for businesses who can sponsor the team and in return they are willing to place the business’ name on the cheerleading jerseys.

“Cheerleading is a very tough sport and the children work very hard, we would really love to give them the opportunity to compete at the national championships. Without support the children will not be able to go to Bloemfontein,” she says.


If you would like to help, call Hogg on 072 587 9273 or email

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