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Panthers ready to roll, twist, flip and fly

Panthers ready to roll, twist, flip and fly

pompomseniors200314mc34By Mark McKelvey

pompomseniors200314mc35THE award winning Pom Pom Panthers cheerleading group are looking forward to getting to roll, twist, flip and fly at the Strictly Kids Dancing Competition.
The local club will in fact have two teams participating in the event in aid of Care for Cancer on April 12 in the Mellon Country Hotel.

 The first of its kind - the event will involve eight groups of children aged between four and 12, with acts such as the Highland Dancers from Drumquin and the Jive Bunnies from North Tyrone and Donegal.
The younger of the cheerleading teams taking part - ‘The Teenie Weenie’s’ - are aged between five and nine and will be mentored for the forthcoming competition by Jean McCrystal.

The other ‘Panthers’ group, aged between nine-12, also had success at the recent championships bringing a third placed trophy back to Omagh. They will be mentored by Pom Pom Panthers founders, Clare and Sarah Haughey from Mountfield. The 25-year-old twin sisters only set up the cheerleading group 18 months ago and have seen it flourish during that time with now over 70 members of all ages. In fact the senior team became Northern Irish Champions at the latest competition.

Clare explained how the two young groups are busy practising and are looking forward to taking part in this competition for such a worthy cause. “They really can’t wait to put on a show of this size so close to home in front of friends and family and are excited about wearing their new uniforms again. The teams have created a chant to start their performance and will go into a dance of tumbles and stunts that are sure to amaze the audience on the night. Both teams are full of energy and are having lots of fun which is the most important thing. “The club has been going for a year and half now and a lot of those taking part have been with us since then.

There is now 70-80 children coming each week and also the senior teams. “It is growing every week with people coming from throughout Tyrone to take part. It is great to see them all having so much fun and really enjoying it. “I have a boys class as well and they love it. “Cheerleading is really good for overall health and fitness. “We really concentrate on flexibility which is very important for cheerleading,” she explained. “It is a real team activity. Everyone has to work together and support each other so they are also gaining great life skills as well as having fun.” The rise in popularity and expansion has coincided with a move into a new studio off the Dromore Road in Omagh last June. For more information about the group look up ‘Pom Pom Panthers’ on Facebook.

Photo and article courtsey of Ulster Herald

Tickets for the Strictly Kids Dancing event are now on sale at Care for Cancer, the News Shop in Campsie, Omagh and from various committee members. 
Please Call 028 82 246 599 for more information

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