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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Penrith cheerleaders picked for RL World Cup games

A group of excited girls will be leading the cheers in front of thousands of rugby fans and a worldwide television audience.

Penrith cheerleaders photo
Penrith Stars cheerleaders, from left, Eden Stephenson, Dawn Kingswood, Caitlin Birkett and Ellie Lucas

Penrith Stars cheerleaders have been selected to perform at the Rugby League World Cup games being held at Workington’s Derwent Park on Tuesday and next Sunday.

They will perform their routine as part of a group of 100 dancers before the games and at half-time, pumping up the crowd for the match ahead.

About 6,000 people are expected in the crowd for the games in west Cumbria – the largest audience the girls will have ever performed in front of.

Lisa Kingswood, head coach at Penrith Stars, said the girls were looking forward to it.

“We compete at competitions but that’s just in the cheerleading industry, we have not been part of something like this before,” she said.

“It’s going to be televised so it’s a big thing. We are not nervous, we are just all looking forward to it.”

The girls aged between 10 and 17 have had the opportunity to work with the professional choreographers who co-ordinated the critically acclaimed London Olympics opening ceremony.

Lisa added: “They have spent the last four weeks training with us on a Tuesday. They have been impressed by what they have seen and have incorporated some of what we do into the performance.”

The group had to apply for the chance to be included, and the Penrith Stars were selected among many other applicants.

“The girls are really excited,” added Lisa.

“It’s quite an achievement for a little town like Penrith to have people perform on this stage.”

The group have dedicated the last month of their training to the event, and joined the other 80 dancers in Maryport for a three-and-a-half-hour practice session last week.

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