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Get ready for golf under lights
By KELSEY IPSEN
Golf with a twist is to tee off at
the Boulcott Farm Heritage Golf
Club in Military Rd, Lower Hutt,
on August 3.
Stars on Pars is a night golf
fundraising event for Special
Olympics New Zealand, an
organisation with the ethos Be
brave in the attempt .
A round of golf on a pitch black
course certainly encompasses
It s a great way to encourage
players to get out on their
favorite course in the winter,
the Boulcott club event manager,
Philippa Martin said.
Eighteen teams register and
play nine holes. The entry fee is
$1400, of which $1000 goes to the
Each team has eight members
and four supporters are also per-
mitted to assist in hunting for
the glow-in-the-dark balls.
To register by the July 28
deadline, go to specialolympics.
What real cheerleaders do
A tough team sport
to be proud of
Reaching for gold: Emma-Jane Kortegast performs an arabesque while being lifted. Inset: Emma-Jane Kortegast,
left, and Jemma Hutchinson were first in the duo division at the national Cheerfest competition. Photos: EMMA BEER
By EMMA BEER
The Hurricanes rugby team
cheerleaders do not deserve that
description, say Wellington s real
The Hurricanes cheerleaders
and similar groups gave people
the wrong idea about cheerlead-
ing, said Jemma Hutchinson, 19,
and Emma-Jane Kortegast, 18.
cheerleaders, they re dancers,
Hutchinson and Kortegast are
trained cheerleaders who perform
routines -- including mid-air spins
and tucks -- and compete.
Cheerleading was a sport that
required a lot of training and pre-
cision, Hutchinson said.
People are saying that
cheerleading s not a sport, but it s
because they see those
That s kind of where the
stereotype comes from.
But they haven t seen what it s
actually like. It s a lot of hard
Kortegast said there were sev-
eral elements specific to
cheerleading, but the Hurricanes
women didn t do any of them.
I was watching a Hurricanes
game and they tried a stunt that
three-year-olds probably could do,
and they fell over because they
were wearing high-heeled boots.
A predominantly American
sport, cheerleading has made its
way to Tawa, and is producing
some great talent.
Hutchinson, who studies pho-
tography and graphic design at
Wellington Institute of Tech-
nology, has been cheerleading for
For me, [starting cheerleading
came from] doing gym since you
were little, training 16 hours a
week then quitting, and wanting
to keep the skills going.
Cheerleading s a lot more
social [than gym].
It s a team sport.
Kortegast, who studies architec-
ture at Victoria University, has
been cheerleading for five
I d always done gym. I m not
really good at ball sports, she
There s a lot of pressure.
If one person mucks up then
it s just going to fail.
Kortegast is a flyer and gets
thrown in the air to perform
twists and flips.
The young women train at
Bigair gym in Tawa and are part
of the senior team.
They recently won the duo div-
ision of the national Cheerfest
They created their own routine,
and trained together for just
under a month.
Though they said they probably
left it a bit late, they were very
excited about their win.
Hutchinson, a lifter , said com-
petition was helpful because it
gave the cheerleaders something
to work towards.
It s about achieving things as
well. That s my first cheer-
It s pretty inspirational. It s
sitting in my room and I always
look at it and I m like I wanna
train really hard and get another
one at next comp .
She said at first her friends
didn t understand how much hard
work went into cheerleading.
My friends laughed at me
when I told them I did cheerlead-
Then I brought them along to
our showcase, and they were kind
of like, Oh, wow, she s actually
pretty good .
The junior team, Zeal, also com-
peted at the recent nationals and
Coach Michelle Cummings said
she was really pleased with the
team s efforts.
For many of the girls, it was
their first competition, she said.
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