Nicole Herdman (centre) represented South Africa in two international cheerleading competitions in Orlando Florida. Photo: Provided

Nicole Herdman (centre) represented South Africa in two international cheerleading competitions in Orlando Florida. Photo: Provided

A WITS staff member placed in the top ten of an international cheerleading competition held in the United States.

Wits Services senior secretary Nicole Herdman returned to Wits last week after she represented South Africa in the International Cheer Union and International All Star Federation (IASF) championships in Orlando, Florida.

It was the cheerleader’s first trip to the USA. She also managed to sneak in a day at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida.

“I felt like a real kid again, it is a really special concept in that they were able to create this magical world for children and adults too,” said Herdman.

Aside from her full-time job at Wits, she is studying a BCom in business management. She is also planning on acquiring an events management diploma in June this year.

“It gets super hectic! I have practice twice a week from 7pm to 9pm and once a month have full weekend sessions with the team…that is if we are not competing on weekends,” Herdman said.

She also had high praise for her co-workers at Wits: “I really work in an amazing department. Everyone is incredibly supportive. I love working here.”

Herdman’s mother told Wits Vuvuzela: “I am extremely proud of my daughter – who through hard work and dedication has achieved this amazing opportunity.”

Herdman has been training for some time and strategically chose Bryanston High School for her education as it was one of the only in the country that offered cheerleading as an official competitive sport.

“My mom wanted me to go to another school, but I managed to convince her to put me into Bryanston,” Herman laughed.

The cheerleader said cheerleading is developing in the country and on the continent.

“It’s great that people are beginning to understand cheerleading as a competitive sport…and not just pom-poms and yelling,” Herdman said.

The South African national team also made it through to the final round of the IASF competition and are awaiting the results for this round of the contest.

The South African cheerleading squad’s routine

 

nolwazi@witsvuvuzela.com