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City grants help school cheerleaders in national competition

Published on Tuesday 19 November, 2019

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Funding from the City of Gosnells is helping almost half of Thornlie Senior High School’s cheer and dance teams get to one of the world’s biggest cheerleading events in Melbourne this month.

The City’s Competition Sponsorship grants were awarded as part of the City’s Community Funding Program, which helps local people represent in their chosen field of endeavour at State, national or international level.

City of Gosnells Mayor David Goode said the grants, ranging from $150 to $250, were available to the City’s residents and ratepayers.

“The grants are not limited to sport – the City has funded people of all ages representing WA or Australia in the arts, culture, education and music,” Mayor Goode said.

“It’s a great way for individuals, like these students from Years 7 to 12 at Thornlie Senior High School, to reduce some of the associated costs, such as travel or accommodation.”

Thornlie’s team of 28 students will compete alongside 12,000 others at the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation (AASCF) National Cheer and Dance Championships between 29 November and 1 December.

Guided by Cheer and Dance Coordinators Lori Lockyer and Tahlia Brealey, the students are looking to equal or better their second-place result from their category last year.

“We have three teams competing, with cheerleading, hip hop and pom teams all aiming for a top-five finish,” Ms Lockyer said.

“Our teams received specialist training and the coaches were all former Thornlie Senior High School students who also competed at the same event, so they’re in good hands.”

The City’s Community Funding Program includes a Community Grants category to assist community organisations and individuals to deliver events, training and minor capital projects, as well as purchase equipment.

Information about these and Competition Sponsorships are available on the City’s website at the link below or by calling 9397 3000.