The CHEER finals is just a month away. So, what better way to spread the cheer spirit than to do a routine on one of the most iconic and historic streets in Malaysia? Team Anselm and their CHEER celebrity supporter, Jeremy Teo, did just that on Jonker Street.
R.AGE brought Teo to Malacca last week to surprise the team, and the girls were absolutely delighted to see him!
After a quick chat, the cheerleaders taught him their team chant along with the corresponding moves. What Teo didn’t know at the time, was that they wanted him to perform it with them – on Jonker Street!
“They taught me all that, and then very cleverly decided to make me join them while we were at Jonker! The pressure was on, but I think I did OK!” said Teo.
He was quick to add, however, that cheerleading is way tougher than it seems.
“It involves a combination of dance, acrobatics, and a lot of team work. On top of that, they have to remember their cheers,” he said. “It’s tough! So I really have a lot of respect for them.”
He also realised that he has never hung out with the cheerleaders before, despite being a CHEER host for the past seven years.
So when he talked to them, he found out more about their training schedule, fitness regime and struggles leading up to CHEER, Malaysia’s largest cheerleading competition.
“I always knew a lot of work went into being part of a cheerleading team, but it’s actually even tougher than I imagined!
“The captain (Lee Zhi Wee) told me Anselm trains three hours a day after school and sometimes on the weekends as well!” he said.
Teo added that it’s important to show some love and support to the cheerleading teams that travel to KL to compete.
“Schools outside of KL might not have as much support as the ones in KL. Anselm is the only cheerleading team in Malacca so they’re sort of on their own,” he said.
“So coming here and performing at Jonker was a great way to show some support for the team, and help bring the sport to the forefront.”
For Lee, Teo’s visit was exactly what the team needed, as some of the new members were struggling with their confidence.
“We don’t want to disappoint Jeremy, so this has motivated the girls to work even harder and strive towards our goal of being the first team from Malacca to win at CHEER.”