Wednesday April 25, 2012
All round cheer for Cyrens
By NG WEI LOON
TWO-time national inter-school cheerleading champions Cyrens chalked up a fruitful debut outing at the second South-East Asia cheerleading open in Singapore recently.
Cyrens from Sri Kuala Lumpur school in Subang Jaya fielded two teams and completed a memorable one-two finish in the girls’ group stunt section.
Cyrens B edged Cyrens A for the top spot while The Rising Phoenix from Singapore came in third in the contest.
Cyrens’ captain Amanda Lim along with the foursome of Nicole Hui, Goh See Yan, Fiorentina Poh and Thian Yen Yee featured for the victorious Cyrens B side.
The five members in the Cyrens B line-up were Chong Shin Yee, Rachel Lu, Ong Wei Lee, Hui Shuen Yee and Sidney Chang.
The school’s gymnastics chief coach Mike Ng said Cyrens B showed better control in pulling off a cleaner and convincing display for the win.
“It was great to get their campaign off to a good start for season. It has definitely boosted their confidence in their bid to live up to the billing in retaining the national inter-school championship.
“Following their praiseworthy display in their first international meet away from home, they are on the right track to reproduce the similar feat and aim for the hat-trick in their major meet of the year. The pressure is now on the coaching team to guide them and deliver the desired result,” he added.
The Cyrens’ full squad of 16 members also joined the fray and settled for second behind Team Pilipinas from the Philippines in the girls’ elite team event.
Another Malaysia’s entry Vulcanz were third.
“Initially, we have only planned to enter two teams (Cyrens A and B) in the girls’ group stunt category. However, the other Cyrens team members showed keen interest to be part the trip and support their team mates in action. Considering all of them were travelling with the team, it was a good chance for them to gain exposure and gauge their strength in the team event. We decreased the level of difficulty and executed an easier routine in the recent meet.
“The team from the Philippines were definitely superior with their impressive acrobatic performances. It was an eye-opener for us to strive improvement and raise the bar to match the more accomplished teams in the region,” said Mike, adding that the recent competition also served as a good warm-up.
Last year, Sri Kuala Lumpur dominated the top two positions as Cyrens extended their winning streak while their second ranked Rayvens sprang a pleasant surprise securing the second spot at the national inter-school meet.
Although the top ranked side Cyrens started training up to three times a week as early as August last year, Mike admitted the fresh-looking Rayvens comprising 20 trainees with majority of newcomers in their training camp are still struggling with several changes in assembling the team.
As part of their preparation for the national inter-school competition scheduled on June 16 and 17, both Cyrens and Rayvens will get another chance to evaluate their progress in mastering their routines on their school sports day on April 26.