Home' The Bunyip : January 5th 2017 Contents Page 34 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Thursday, January 5, 2017
LOCAL cheerleaders have been
presented with the opportunity
of a lifetime, taking a small
team to compete at the Honolulu
International Championships in
Hawaii next year.
Adelaide Cheer Evolution's (ACE)
senior level one all-girl cheer team,
'Black Demons', consisting of eight
girls, from ages 10 to 17, won a bid to
compete at the prestigious event after
recent success, ACE owner Sophie
"(Black Demons) have been training
for this competition for the past
10 months after winning a bid to
compete in Hawaii in 2015, and again
this year," she said.
"They have gone undefeated at
competitions for the past two years,
winning five grand champion titles
in that time and have just returned
from AASCF (Australian All Star
Cheerleading Federation) National
Championships, in Queensland, in
November as National Champions for
the second year in a row."
While the girls, who live in Hewett,
Angle Vale and Munno Para Downs,
have been preparing for this trip since
their original qualification in 2015,
Turner said the competition will be
like any other.
"At this stage the girls and coaches
are extremely excited -- the team and
coaches are continuing their training
over the summer holidays to ensure
we have a perfectly executed routine
for this international trip," she said.
"As coaches, our expectation is the
same as any competition -- to go
out and perform the routine with no
"The girls hold themselves to high
standards and will want to do their
absolute best in Hawaii."
Turner said it is an exciting time to be
involved in cheerleading, especially
following the recent announcement
that the growing phenomena would
receive provisional recognition as an
"There has been a lot of confusion
in the media as to what competitive
All Star cheerleading is -- often it is
misconceived as girls shaking pom-
poms on the sidelines of a football, or
basketball, game," she said.
"All Star cheerleading is not this
at all, and involves various athletic
abilities, such as stunts, tumble and
jumps, which are performed to a
"In terms of the media coverage
cheerleading has received over the
past week, as a potential sport for the
2024 Olympics, we, of course, think
it is a wonderful decision."
For those interested in discovering
what All Star cheerleading is about,
ACE is currently offering free come
and try sessions and discount off
of the first month's tuition -- there
are teams suited from beginners to
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Cheering to Hawaii
The Adelaide Cheer Evolution team. Back (L-R): Alyssa Gurney, Jade Howse,
Sheridan Johnstone, head coach Hannah Turner, Alex Bravo, Tahlia Littler and
Shaylee Tippett. Front (L-R): Bailee Beverdam and Amy Burdon. PHOTO: Supplied
Dentonʼs breakout year
UP-AND-COMING local motorsport
champion Josh Denton has exceeded
all expectations during his first year in
the Formula 4 (F4) competition.
Having transitioned to F4 racing from
go-karting at the start of 2016, the 16-
year-old from Cockatoo Valley finished
third from his first-ever start and went
on to become a race winner and finish
in the top three on four occasions.
On top of this, Denton set multiple
fastest laps in races throughout last year
and currently even holds the lap record
at Symmons Plains.
The youngster said he has come a long
way since turning to the sport.
"Twelve months ago I had never driven
a manual car or even a race car, so to
have such an amazing year was beyond
my expectations," Denton said.
"It has been a fantastic experience and I
have learnt so much."
Denton's potential was recognised
across the competition, finishing an
agonising one point shy of taking out
the Rookie of the Year award.
He said it was "pretty devastating"
to get so close without taking out the
"I didn't get the right start (in the final
race)," Denton said.
"I made contact with someone and I
couldn't find the time to make it up.
"But it was definitely lots of fun and
I'm hoping to do it all again this year."
Denton was pleased with all his race
performances last year, but it was a
gutsy move in round four that he named
as one of the highlights.
"I made a move at Sandown (in round
four) and I never thought I'd make it so
"I was following Jordan Love, I caught
up on the back straight and made a
move on the last lap.
"I sat in the slipstream and he cornered
early, and sat in the middle of the track,
so I made a move."
The 16-year-old's future is still up in
the air and he said sponsorship would
help a great deal this year.
Denton is desperate to get out on the
"It's made me more excited (for this
year)," he said.
"I'm waiting to see what comes up, but
I just want to get out there now."
Denton said he couldn't have achieved
what he did without his long list of
"Thank you to everyone for their
support, especially my dad (Craig), my
grandpa (Trevor), my mum (Louise)
and everyone's support," he said.
Softballersʼ state selection
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She hoped the upcoming national competition
will give her an idea of how she compares with the
"I'm going (to Canberra) to learn heaps of new stuff,
to keep improving and building my skills -- and to
make friends," she said.
"I'd love to play in the Australian squad and get to
Australian level in the future.
"I just want to keep playing for as long as I can."
Meanwhile, the Australia Day competition will be
Bryan's first-ever state representation, having only
played softball for three years.
The Bluejays player and Gawler & District College
student said she has mixed emotions about the
"I'm nervous, but I'm mainly excited, it's a good
team -- they're all really easy to get along with,"
"I want to make new friends and develop my skills."
Bryan said she couldn't believe it when she was
named as one of the members of the SA squad.
"I was really shocked, I thought it'd been a mistake, I
didn't think I'd done it," she said.
"When we ordered uniforms and I met them all it all
Bryan is working towards a US scholarship when she
finishes school and said making the Australian team is
"high up on the to-do list".
"I'm hoping to play at the Olympics one day," she
The duo is following in the footsteps of their
champion mothers, Chevy Havis and Kelly Bryan,
who are renowned within the Gawler & Districts
Local Formula 4
driver, Josh Denton
his ﬁrst year in the
INSET: Denton in
action during the
4 Championship last
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