This year’s inter-school cheerdance competition held on November 3 at Al-Gosaibi Sports Center in Al-Khobar was highly anticipated by many and was the highlight of a tennis match sponsored by the Filipino Expats Tennis Association (FETA).
This competition was supposed to be a friendly match between the AAIS Lions against its Al-Jazeera International School (AJIS) and International Philippines School in Al-Khobar (IPSA) cheer squad counterparts. However, AJIS forfeited and chose to perform two musical numbers, instead. It was then a coin toss between AAIS and IPSA.
The AAIS Lions were the first ones to perform. They brought in a new style of cheer dancing with no pom poms and less props, but plain talent and swag. On their fatigue pants with painted faces to camouflage their identities, the Lions sported this year’s routine with a military touch. The crowd were amazed by their stunts and loudly cheered for them. The Lions gave their very best to give the audience a performance that the AAISians would be proud of.
IPSA’s performance, stunts and props were also equally outstanding. They showed their artistic skills as they mixed a foreign folk song to their contemporary performance. They proved themselves to be a tough opponent for the AAIS Lions, a two-time champion and the current champion of the Inter-School Cheering Competition in Riyadh.
To the crowd’s delight, IPSA eventually won the match with a slim 2-point edge over the Lions. Despite this, the Lions did not feel that they have lost because they know and have seen that they won the audience over. In the spirit of sportsmanship, however, the Lions took that as an encouragement to do better next time to win not only the hearts of the audience, but also that of the judges.
As Richard Bach once said,
“That’s what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we’ve changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.”
This humbling experience will surely make the Lions a force to be reckoned with in future competitions.
Let’s hope that the next inter-school cheer dance competition will be more exciting and vibrant as ever.
Go Lions! Let them hear you roar!
by Keisha Lambarte