MEMBERS of the Bathurst Bandits cheerleading team can now wear their close connection to the Bathurst Panthers on their sleeve after they were presented with some special shirts recently.
Bathurst Panthers Rugby League Football Club president Dennis Comerford said Bandits coach Shanyn Pirie contacted the Panthers club earlier in the year to see if there were any opportunities for the girls to perform locally rather than having to wait for competitions out of town.
“They weren’t getting an opportunity to go through their routines in front of a local audience and their parents,” he said.
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Mr Comerford said the Panthers, through the Bathurst Regional Council events team, organised for the Bandits to perform at half-time in the Group 10 curtain-raiser to the NRL game at Bathurst in May.
The Bandits have also performed various times during the break in the premier league match when the Panthers have hosted a Group 10 fixture this year.
To show its appreciation, the Panthers club organised shirts with the Bathurst Bandits logo on the front and the Panthers logo on the back and handed them over to the Bandits recently.
“It [the performances] gives these kids an opportunity to do what they have been practising in front of our spectators,” Mr Comerford said.
“And from what I've seen, the crowd appreciates it.”
He said the arrangement has been working so well that the Bandits are welcome to perform at the Panthers’ home games for “as long as they want to continue”.