Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Booboyscan'tstop Cheerleading Guy; Stephen, 18, Is First Male to Join Broncos' Dancing Squad

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Booboyscan'tstop Cheerleading Guy; Stephen, 18, Is First Male to Join Broncos' Dancing Squad

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Byline: CHRIS GARRY chris.garry@qt.com.au

A GOODNA teenager is relishing being the NRL's first male cheerleader despite some rugby league fans abusing him for his unconventional profession.

Stephen Holdsworth, 18, became the first male cheerleader for the Brisbane Broncos when he ousted hundreds of hopefuls at auditions earlier this year.

A former gymnast and dancer, Mr Holdsworth said he was proud to be flying the flag for males in a female dominated sport.

And the majority of those making up the Suncorp Stadium crowd was also supportive.

C[pounds sterling]You get a small group of people at games who yell abuse and say stupid things to me but most people actually say good on ya for giving it a go,C[yen] Mr Holdsworth said.

C[pounds sterling]The perception about males dancing is changing because of shows like So You Think You Can Dance and X Factor.

C[pounds sterling]People did used to be like CyOh, you must be gay to dance' but not so much now. …

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