AS THE half time whistle blows at tonight’s ANZ Stadium clash in Sydney between the Parramatta Eels and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, a group of young Toowoomba girls will step out into the limelight.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for the Toowoomba City Cheerleaders, who will join in with several other cheerleading teams to buoy on the Eels as they play in front of their home crowd.
For Lyndal Johns, Toowoomba City Cheerleaders coach, it will feel like something of a homecoming.
The matriarch of Toowoomba cheerleading started out cheerleading for the Parramatta Eels back in 1975, and the current Parramatta Eels Cheerleaders coach – Monique Carroll – was once a pupil of hers all those years ago.
Ms Johns said the girls – who are between the ages of three and 28 – had been fundraising for the trip and were grateful to the Toowoomba community for supporting them on their big adventure.
“They’ve worked very hard. We’ve just come out of the basketball season and worked flat out to learn this routine,” Ms Johns said.
“We only finished it on Sunday. Some of the little girls have never been in a plane. They are so excited.”
Cheerleader Chloe Single said the opportunity to perform at Olympic Park with such a well-known football team and with the Parramatta Eels Cheerleaders was “amazing” and “something I will always…
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