Three cheers for Belmont, Garrison
Belmont Primary Go Ahead Bees and Garrison Stallions are the undisputed champions of cheerleading in Barbados.
In front of a screaming and supportive audience that included international judges, representatives of the Cheerleading World Body and Minister of Family, Youth, Sports and Culture Stephen Lashley, the Belmont Bees gave a stinging display of experience and coordination to numb St Luke’s Lions, Vauxhall Tigers, Christ Church Girls’ Green Team and St Andrew’s Elite Warriors, in that order, at the Wildey Gymnasium on Sunday.
Both the Bees and Garrison scored the three-peat.
Although Belmont were not as hyper as in previous years, their better coordination and intuition for each move kept them ahead of opponents.
On the other hand, Garrison literally blew away the minor challenge from The Lodge School, whose squad included students from Combermere and St Leonard’s Boys’.
Garrison were almost flawless in their executions and the height of their tosses threatened the height of The Gym’s roof and made a mockery of The Lodge’s fumbles. Those minor errors also hurt some of the junior teams, with newcomers Christ Church feeling somewhat let down by their third place.
Vauxhall Tigers made some exciting dance moves and St Luke’s Lions were polished and, with more training, could prove more of a challenge next year, thereby forcing Belmont to return with their A game to take a fourth title.
The cheerdancing section of the competition became a closed deal after Extra Hype took to the floor. With breathtaking moves and tunes that captivated the audience, they stole the show and it became obvious that the fight was for second place. That spot went to Blu-Tooth Breakers, with Influential Dancers ending third and Elevaxion Dancers, fourth.
Also taking part in the cheerdancing were Base Control, Praise Academy, Trident Elite, Praise Academy New Era, Reactive, Mindless and Mystery Life, who all exhibited great skill, creativity and a competitive spirit.
United States judges Anice Moore and Shaun Jones gave a sample of their cheerleading prowess as part of an entertainment package that also included Red Plastic Bag, Queen’s College student Steffon Brathwaite on steel pan, Fi Fi Bloom, Michael Taitt and his acrobatic team, Fari Lady Essence and Crimeson And Crab Soldier.
It was no surprise when Lashley promised that Government would give full support to cheerleading in Barbados since it motivated the youth and got them involved.