Elizabeth Ong, 16, captain of Team Vivacious from SMK (P) St George, Penang

Elizabeth Ong, 16, captain of Team Vivacious from SMK (P)
St George, Penang

Following in her sister’s footstep, Elizabeth Ong is living her dream not just as a
cheerleader, but as the captain of Vivacious, a team known at Cheer for its excellent showmanship.
Why did you decide to become a cheerleader?

My sister was the one who introduced me to the sport. My
first experience with it was when I went to a cheerleading camp organised by the Cheerleading Association and Registrar of Malaysia (CHARM) in 2008. That was when I began taking cheerleading seriously.

How do you feel now you’re a cheerleader and a captain yourself?

I remember growing up watching my sister (who was also the captain of Vivacious in 2008) practising with her team and performing at competitions. I recall how amazing it felt watching the cheerleaders compete in a stadium. I was always the one watching, but now I’m doing it, it’s like a dream come

How has cheerleading helped you as an individual?

Cheerleading gave me a goal in my life. I haven’t been very good in my academics, but cheerleading continues to motivate me to get

What are the main challenges of being a cheerleader?

Injuries can happen when we make mistakes, and it can be quite dangerous. I am actually recovering from a fracture on my back since January, but there’s a team waiting for me, so I will just have to bear with the pain until the competition is over.”

How often do you practise?

We usually practise three to four days a week, and three to four hours a day. We also practise extra during weekends or holidays.

How has Cheer helped you as a cheerleader?

Competing in Cheer gives me added confidence. I have made many mistakes while performing in the past, but it is all worth it.

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