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Zanele

Zanele

Name: Zanele Mpofu
Age: 18
Year of the Fix: 2013
Location: Prestwich, Manchester
Campaign: Challenging stereotypes of cheerleading

I've been cheerleading since I was 9-years-old and I love everything about it.

 

But what I'm fighting to change are the negative stereotypes that people associate with cheerleading. I feel it's not taken as seriously as it should be.

 

I'm 18 now and still get comments from people who think cheerleading is a bit of a joke, which is far from the truth.

 

You have to be very fit to do what we do and still have a smile on your face even when you're tired.

 

It's also great for keeping fit and something everyone should try out.

 

Working with Fixers, I want to raise the profile of cheerleading in this country and hopefully make people realise it’s a serious sport.

 

I want to give something back to cheerleading and make a change.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this campaign:

 

Lorielle McGrath

Kelsey Henry

Abigail Davey

Courtney Miller

Jessica Davies

Shannon Coe

Elisha Seldon

Celeste Vernon

Leah O'Sullivan

Lotem Obinma

Christiana Awopetu

Tito Miguel

Isaac Munyegera

A special thanks to celebrity personal trainer, Craig Budgen, for providing his expertise in our TV news story and supporting our Fixers project.

April 2013

Following my TV story being featured on ITV, the Lancashire Evening Post and the Manchester Gazette published a story about our Fixers project.

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Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.

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