It is the fourth year of the Viet Nam Cheer Fest happening in Ho Chi Minh City for cheerleaders in Vietnam to come together to compete and decide who is the best. CheerForce SG was proud and honored to be invited as a major partner in this biggest cheerleading event in Ho Chi Minh City.
CheerForce SG sponsored the event with CheerForce SG rigid sport tapes and chilled isotonic drinks for the competitors to enjoy while they prepare for the competition. We were glad to hear feedback from the competitors that they really enjoyed the tapes and drinks that were sponsored and it made the competition more enjoyable for them.
Working with Hung from Sai Gon Beast Squad, our head coach TJ and tumbling coach TY were invited to be the judges for the competition. It was really an eye-opener for us as we got to witness routines not only from teams in Ho Chi Minh City but also from teams in Hanoi, who flew down just to compete.
The flow of events was different from competitions that we have been to in Singapore and Thailand. It all started with the competitors march in with their teams to introduce them to the audiences followed by the introduction of the judges. Flowers were also presented to the judges as a token of appreciation.
As the competitors return to the warm up mats to began their warm up, the competition started with a hip hop dance performance followed by a performance by a talented singer who performed 2 songs for the audience where the audiences sang along. After which, the competition starts officially with the first team taking the mat.
In Ho Chi Minh City, stunts and tumbling are awarded lesser points than other countries as 30% of the score is given to their dance segment. It was something innovative as they edited it to cater to the cheerleading market in Vietnam, where most of the cheerleaders are dancers as well, so as to draw their interests into joining the cheerleading team.
Many teams had really innovative routines which we really enjoy watching. Most of the teams had a theme to their performance, which is not common in competitive cheerleading, and we we believe it will be a trend for competitive cheerleading routines for years to come.
The day before the competition, we were tasked to conduct a cheerleading stunt and tumbling workshop for the competing cheerleaders to teach them proper stunting, tumbling and spotting techniques. Close to a hundrend cheerleaders turned up for the workshop and it proved to be a challenge taking such huge group with just 3 instructors but we took up the challenge confidently with a plan in mind.
The workshop was proven to be a great success as participants later feedback that they understood better on what was taught and learnt a lot more from our CheerForce SG instructors as compared to other instructors in previous years. It was really comforting to hear such affirming feedbacks from the participants despite the language barriers which posed as a challenge during the delivery of the workshop.
Despite the differences in language, we had met many wonderful friends and passionate cheerleaders who are hungry for cheerleading knowledge, to become a better athlete or a bette coach. We would like to thank Hung and his team Sai Gon Beast Squad, and many other friends in Vietnam, for the kind hospitality during our stay there as well as giving us the opportunity to appreciate the cheerleading culture in Vietnam.
Till we meet again, take care, train hard and train safe everyone!