Zaden ‘brings it on’ for cheers
IT ALL started as a bit of fun for Zaden Bryant three years ago, but now it's a lifestyle.
And his hard work and dedication in his preferred sport of cheerleading has paid off, with the Rockhampton man taking off for New Zealand yesterday to compete in an international competition.
The DDS Star Cheerleaders will spend a week competing in the Rock'N'Cheer National Championships in Auckland and are the only team from Australia to qualify.
Zaden is one of two males in the 23-person team.
He said their team was a tight-knit group, and thanked head coach and director, Debbie Scott, and the other coaches for the amount of effort and commitment it took to get them to this point.
"It's an excellent thing to be involved in," he said.
"Obviously you get a little bit of criticism if you're a bloke, but the rewards pay off.
"There are two ways to deal with it; you can get upset, or you can try and educate them.
"At the end of the day it is what I want to do and it doesn't affect them."
Debbie said they had been training for the international competition for a year.
While they had added some new members along the way, Debbie said the core squad had been the same for eight years.
They will compete in one pom and two stunt routines and one partner stunt.