Free State, and Bloem majorettes set the pace
Bloemfontein schools dominated the recently concluded Federation of Dance Drill, Cheerleading and Majorette Sport of South Africa (FDDCMSA) National Competition.
Two schools from Bloemfontein found themselves on the podium of the Primary Pom group, with Olive Ridge Primary School finishing in third and Atang Primary taking second place nationally. Alongside these two remarkable schools, the Free State team won the national title, fending off the Western Province and Gauteng.
The coaches of the Free State team, Marizaan Potgieter and Helene Bakkes, expressed pride in their winning team.
“We are very proud and excited about the results,” they said. This is a historic achievement for the province. “The FDDCMFS Provincial Team made history with the 1st place achievement, as we have never won against WP and Gauteng Provincial teams,” said Potgieter. Tshepiso Sebolai, coach of Atang Primary, who was placed second nationally in the primary division, said that they are “super excited and overwhelmed for this achievement and also grateful”.
Sebolai explained that it took hard work and motivation to reach these great heights. “I always tell the girls that regardless of what happens they must do their best,” she said, “win or lose, they are the best”. After excelling at the national event, Sebolai wants to see her team go from strength to strength. “My next goal is to see the girls taking part in provincial teams as members of the Free State provincial team,” she said. Alongside provincial representation, Sebolai also wants to see her girls receive national colours in the sport.
Nationally third-placed Olive Ridge and their coaches, Thilda Liebenberg, Michelle Bailing, and Britney Jansen, are “overcome with joy and extremely proud of the athletes,” claiming that “it is a testament that hard work pays off”.
Liebenberg explained that their team trained for over six months, with learners, parents, and coaches having sacrificed multiple days a week and even weekends to get to where they are. She further explained that a drive to “make their parents, coaches, and school proud,” was the biggest motivating factor for the girls.
The Olive Ridge coaches will now encourage their team to take part in other categories and broaden participation. “When you have a passion for the sport and you love what you do, even in hard times, you keep going. Our motivation is always to keep going, repeat again and again until we are done,” said Potgieter.
She and her team now want to continue to improve, work harder, and grow as the Free State FDDCMFS Provincial team.
Read the original Article at: Bloemfontein Courant
Written by: Warren Hawkins
We are SO proud of you!!