Friday, May 09, 2008

Checking in with rugby cheerleaders down under 

Posted by Sasha at 5:00 PM ET

High kicking stereotypes
Penrith Online
May 08, 2008

Danielle Davis will represent the Penrith Panthers in the second round of the 2008 NRL Cheergirl of the Year competition, after winning her heat last month.

The 21-year-old, who is doing her Masters of Teaching – Secondary, specialising in Physical Education and Dance, said the best thing about being a Panthers cheergirl was the atmosphere at the games and performing in front of thousands of people.

“The Cheergirl competition has added a whole new excitement to what we do,” Danielle said.

While optimistic about her chances of winning the crown and the grand prize, which is a trip for two to Vanuatu, Danielle said she has seen some of her competition in Big League Magazine.

“All the girls look fantastic,” she said.

Phone voting for the Panthers girl is over until the next round, when she goes up against a girl from another team.

However the competition has a Myspace page where fans can view videos of the photo shoots and vote for Danielle.

“This year is the first year of the Myspace feature,” Big League Magazine coordinator, Brooke Maloney said.

“Danielle will go well, I think she has received the second most votes so far from Myspace voting and she has a really nice personality.”

The popularity of the Cheergirl of the Year competition, now in its 10th year, was boosted when past winner, Jennifer Hawkins, went on to be crowned Miss Universe.

Danielle hopes the competition can help change the public perception of cheerleading and encourage younger girls who enjoy dancing.

Ms Maloney said one of the competition’s goals was to help change attitudes and to show that the girls are a big support to their respective teams.

To vote for Danielle, go to www.myspace.com/bigleaguemagazine.

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