The Gympie Devils Cheerleading Squad will attempt to defend its AASCS Cheer and Dance Competition title in Brisbane come July.
The Gympie Devils Cheerleading Squad will attempt to defend its AASCS Cheer and Dance Competition title in Brisbane come July. Renee Pilcher

Cheerleaders work it out

THE Gympie Devils Cheerleading Squad is turning up the dial on its fundraising ahead of the AASCS Cheer and Dance Competition in Brisbane later this year.

The state competition will be held in July and the Gympie cheerleading squad is defending its title after a victorious debut last year.

Cheerleading squad leader Ashleigh Rimmington said the girls, led by captain Annie Bird, planned to hold a car and dog wash Saturday to raise the money needed to meet the cost of competing.

“The girls have been working hard and are hoping for a successful fundraiser to help cover the costs of competition,” she said.

“It is very expensive to compete just taking into account the cost of travel alone.”

In addition to planning this weekend's fundraiser, the cheerleading girls have been fitting in a hectic training schedule, training twice a week for a total of six hours.

Rimmington has been impressed by the dedication and worth ethic of her young cheerleaders, who are driven by a determination to defend last year's big win.

“This year we are in level two competition and in an older age group, so it will be more challenging for us,” she said.

Since forming, the cheerleading squad has improved drastically.

“I have been looking at the other teams and I think our routines are good, so we are in with a good chance,” Rimmington said.

“We're confident we can do well.”

The car and dog wash will be held on the oval behind Dominos Pizza and Gympie City Gym this Saturday from 10am-2pm. Access is via Barter St.

Rimmington said those unsure of the location would be able to look for signage.

Those with pets to be washed are welcome to park in the Gympie City Gym carpark.

The cheerleading squad is ready for a challenge and hopes to see many dog and car owners taking advantage of the fundraiser.

Gympie Times


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