Swansea Sirens cheerleading captain Rachel Brown is confident that this year will see Swansea pull off another fine display in Cardiff for Varsity.
The Sirens wowed crowds last year with a polished routine and are looking for more of the same this year.
“We are hoping that we can pull another great performance this year,” said Brown.
“Some ideas are still being thrown around but we hope that we can come out and blow Cardiff away once again.”
The routine will be completely different from last year, where the squad revealed the word Swansea written under their tops.
“We change our routines every year to keep them fresh,” she added.
“We love to learn new stunts and with a huge amount of new squad members this year we have had to work even harder.”
The year was not without its problems and Brown has seen many girls leave the team due to course commitments which she says has had a “huge impact”.
Preparation started early in the Easter holidays with intense training.
The team has been training for most of the day, every day.
Brown praised coach Megan Bridger, a third year student, for her hard work in helping the team flourish despite its difficulties.
“It’s a lot of hard work to prepare for competitions like Varsity,” she said.
“Meg this year has worked really hard to produce a top quality routine.
“She has the squad working hard to reach our full potential.”
Last year, the team won two trophies achieving both second and third place in the BCA Midlands classic competition and also came second in the BCA university nationals in 2011.
The team has also tried to expand its cheering duties this year, recently helping to cheer at the Sports Relief Mile event.
Brown said: “This year alongside our usual duties of cheering for the American Football team, we took part in cheering at the Sports Relief Mile.
“It was for a great cause and a great day.”
See the Sirens at the Millennium.