How about putting your hand in your pocket at Castrol Edge Lismore Speedway on March 9 and helping a very worthy cause?

People representing the Epic Cheer All Stars – including ten year old team member Shakyia Gambrill – will be walking through the crowd seeking donations for their upcoming visit to Hawaii to contest the Global Dance Cheer Games.

The Ballina based Epic Cheer All Stars Club are a cheer leader dance group who recently put their best foot forward after they qualified for what is recognised as the world finals of cheer leading dance routines.

The team, comprising 13 children, strutted their stuff on the international stage after they won the Australian Majors two day knock-out competition at Brisbane's Sleemans Sports Centre. This was no mean feat as they bested some mighty tough opposition comprising the international teams from New Zealand and six world-rated Australian sides. After the first day of competition the girls held down second position in the rankings and then went right on with the job the next day to seal the Hawaiian invitation.

It was a mighty effort by the Ballina youngsters.

The All Stars work out of a small gym in Ballina and spend many hours perfecting their routines. The team is one of the youngest in the Global Cheer Games ranging in age from nine to 14.

“We are only a small country town team and we have won the right to be invited to the Global Dance Cheer Games which are the equivalent of the Olympic Games for cheer leaders,” a spokes person for the All Stars said. The All Stars are the first regional country team outside of the big cities in Australia to win the invitation to go to Hawaii.

The team will fly out of Australia on May 13 for the world final, which will be held at the Hawaii Convention Centre, May 17-20.

As part of the All Stars' fund raising initiative, there will be a monster raffle in which the first prize is two nights accommodation at the Blue Pacific Dolphin, Yamba. Tickets are selling during the March 9 fixture at $2 each or three tickets for $5 while total prizes to be won through the Hawaii Global Games Fund Raiser Raffle are to the overall value of $3000. The raffle will be drawn on April 1. You not only have to be in it to win it, but your participation in the raffle will be helping a very worthy group of youngsters who are going for Australian gold in Hawaii this May - DENNIS NEWLYN.


Caption: The Ballina based Epic Cheer All Stars youngsters who this May will contest the Global Cheer Games in Hawaii.