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Drummies march to the national team

Durbanville Majorettes Club (DMC) team recently participated in the much anticipated Western Province Majorettes and Cheerleading Association’s (WPMCA) Annual Champ of Champions 2019 provincial competition at Hottentots Holland High School.

The club won the overall competition in the Primary School Presidents League of the Western Province.

The team participated in Flag Group, Non Prop Group, Mace Group, Baton Group, Small Drill and Large Drill in what was a long 15-hour day of staying focused.

The newly founded club comprises 31 hardworking young girls from Delft, Wallacedene, Brackenfell and Kraaifontein.

Of the 31 athletes, five have marched before and 26 are brand new athletes to the sport.

Initiated by five mothers with a passion for sportsmanship and community development, the club is in its very early stages but has already, within the short space of nine months, marched for and become a member of the WPMCA in the Presidents League.

“We have two committed and dedicated coaches in sisters Kyla and Carey Connor, who themselves where drum majorettes, who marched for South Africa, which the girls have come to love and respect.

“The team comprises a mix of primary school girls from varying ages and backgrounds. While some girls are transported to practice by bus, some walk many kilometres to practice. Some are established athletes, but most have never marched before and are giving it their best, all for the love of this beautiful sport.

“It’s humbling to remember that we used to go from school to school signing up girls in 2018 and have made such headway in a short space of time.

“Essentially it is each girl’s dedication to the sport that is the glue of the team. I hope that they will also learn some of the fundamental values that a sport like drum majorettes offers,” says DMC founder Yvonne Viljoen.

When possible and if invited the club also avails themselves to perform their marching displays at various business opening events, fundraisers and charity events.

The 31 athletes will represent DMC and the WPMCA at the South African Majorettes and Cheerleading Association’s (SAMCA) National Championship in East London from 23 to 25 June.

“This is a life-changing event for most of these girls, a game-changing opportunity to show them that life is more than hardship,” adds Viljoen. “It will be fulfilling to watch these girls march on a national level for the very first time, representing the Western Cape.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring the club to help them on their way to East London or potential new members for next year can contact Yvonne Viljoen on 082 499 7418 or email at durbanvillemajorettes@gmail.com.

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