Tigers Set to Roar in Madrid

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“Tenerife Tigers are a great reflection of the cultural co-existence we value highly in Adeje”

The Adeje –based cheerleaders, the Tenerife Tigers are in intensive training in preparation for the 2ª España Cheer and Dance (2do Campeonato de España e internaciónal de Cheerleaders y Dancers) national competition which is taking place in Madrid on September 27th and 28th . Last year the team brought home 12 trophies in various categories.


“The Tenerife Tigers are a great reflection of the cultural co-existence we value highly in Adeje”, said the municipal sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera.

“We are really excited about returning to Madrid and both defending our existing titles and looking to take home some new ones as well”, said head coach and Vamos a Bailar dance school owner Amanda Lambert. “The girls have been working so hard that I hope we can win some trophies, but in all honesty simply taking part is an honour and a great learning experience for the whole team”, she added.

The Tenerife Tigers are a firm favourite in Adeje and feature in all of the borough’s parades and fiestas. The have represented Adeje, and Tenerife, at various national and international competitions, and this year they will bring their biggest contingent to date, with girls from 5 years up to 18 competing up to 15 different categories.

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Councillor Alonso Ferrera said, “Amanda and her coaching staff have worked hard to make the team very much a part of the huge sporting offer we have in Adeje, and we wish them all the best in Madrid where we know they will make us proud. They take with them the best wishes of the council and the public who are always delighted to see the girls perform in the town”.

The 2º España Cheer and Dance event takes place in the Palacio de Cristal in the Casa de Campo trade centre in Madrid, as part of the International Arnold (Schwarzenegger) Classic Europe and with the International Cheer Union organisation. As well as encouraging participants to compete and have fun, the event strives to expand these kind of sports in Spain. Winning teams may also have the chance to compete in the USA in Disney World, in Orlando in the official world championships.

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The Tenerife Tigers were formed four years ago as part of the Let’s Dance/Vamos a Bailar school in Callao Salvaje, and now also train in the Tijoco La Hoya Sports Pavillion. Today there are up to 60 girls in the various squads – minis, youths, junior and seniors. The Tigers are very much a reflection of the multicultural society in Adeje, with parents from all over the world, including Spain Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Italy, Russia and beyond. “It’s a big international family”, says Amanda. “The girls really look out for each other and encourage each other, from the youngest up. And taking on this trip to Madrid is not easy, so luckily we can count on the support of many of the parents of the girls who will travel with us”, she added.

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Adeje’s Sporting Stars

It was a very busy sporting weekend here in Adeje and as well as concentrated efforts on the pitches there was fun off the pitches too.
On Saturday the Club Ademi Tenerife were in action against a team from the Spanish peninsula. This wheelchair team showed their true form and were winning from the first basket against BSR Cocemfe Puertallano and never let up the pressure. This was a first division game and the home side showed why there are one of the toughest side in the division. The match was played at the Costa Adeje school, with cheerleading from the Tenerife Tigers.
The Tigers were in action the next day too at Tijoco, where they train. They were invited to cheer for local baseball side Halcones de Adeje – and this could be a ‘match’ made in heaven. The two teams sport the same colours and there was a real unity between the two groups, with some great performances by the Halcones and a sparkling after-match show by the Tigers. Against teams from Granadilla and Gran Canaria, the Halcones were triumphant too, but there was much applause and medals for all the players.
Amanda Lambert, the Tigers coach and owner, was also surprised and delighted to be presented with an award by the Adeje councillor for sports Adolfo Afonso Ferrera for the troupe’s support of Adeje teams, and local Tijoco councillor Esther Rivero was also on hand to cheer on her local sides.
Great to see such a multicultural sporting selection in our borough, and there will be more baseball and cheerleading action in two weeks in Tijoco.


Adeje’s Achievers

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Recently Adeje’s mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga spent a busy morning congratulating individuals and groups of Adejeros who have reached new heights culturally and in sport nationally and internationally.
Local singer Ainhoa Aguilar was invited into the mayor’s office days before her first ‘battle’ on La Voz, the national singing reality TV programme on Telecino (she won…), followed by the fabulous Tenerife Tigers, who arrived with just some of the 12 cups they picked up at Spain’s first national Cheer Dance competition in Madrid in October – the girls were presented with a scarf with their name and the Adeje logo, and were delighted with their surprise gift. The mayor was accompanied by sports councillor Adolfo Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, and councillor for Callao Salvaje Amada Trujillo Bencomo.
Later the same morning the mayor and the councillors welcomed another high achiever from Adeje, Víctor Chinea Oliva who recently scaled Mont Blanc the EU’s highest peak.
The mayor said he was incredibly proud of the quality of the young people Adeje is producing, “in one form or another our young people are achieving success in their chosen paths, and I am so proud, and feel it is also a great reflection on the town, and shows that we are on the right path…this is our future, our promise and commitment to our people, and our young people know that”.

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