Sunday, 7 April 2013

Girl Group Road to Nats

This season, Blazers participated in the All Girl Group category for the first time. Asteria has trained hard for this season, putting up a great routine all of us are proud of. (:

It was a stressful journey for us as we had limited time to train for both girl group and team routine. The journey towards nationals wasn't easy, met with obstacles that were both physically and emotionally tiring. Stress level piled up as nationals drew closer. Despite all our cries, stress and injuries, this journey has nonetheless been filled with lots of happy memories.

Season 2012/2013 was a challenge for us having to focus on 2 different set of routines. All of us were pushed to go beyond what we thought we could do. It was a personal achievement for us - seeing our tears, sweat and commitment slowly materializing with the consistency of our stunts' hit rate.  Although Asteria did not win first place in the competition, we are really proud of the stunts we achieved - full up to extension and cupie heel stretch!

Having had zero prior experience of basing, this was a totally fresh experience for us. We realised that we had been missing out on a huge part of cheer. Girls do not always have to be flyers, it isn't about being at the top all the time, basing can be fun too! Yes, it may not be easy, but the sense of satisfaction will definitely ultimately be worth it.

For one of our members, Estee, the fear of having big arms and legs, and having lesser attention from the crowd has never occurred to her because participating in girl group has always been a dream, since her primary school days of starting out as a base. She learnt to understand the different POVs of a flyer and a base which certainly improved her awareness as a flyer.

For year 1 junior, Allison, she hopes for more female bases to join us this coming season to continue Asteria. The beautiful thing about a team sport is whichever role we play, everyone plays an equal part in hitting a stunt. Every cheerleader's cheer journey is full of bumps and obstacles - unsupportive parents, injuries, heavy commitments, etc. However, we all know that the self-satisfaction & pride in one's team when we hit ASU or should we say ASUWE, makes this tough journey well worth the effort.

Girl Group with their medals!

Cupie Heel Stretch

Girl Group with our beloved coaches, BB and YQ <3

Regardless of which category we were in, we've worked hard together this season, making this journey yet another milestone in our Poly life. Always proud to be in the Blazers family! ♥♥♥

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