Junior cheerleader with cerebral palsy inspiring Raiders fans to step up to help other kids in need
8-year-old Eireann Wood to star at Raiders last home game to ensure they end their season on a high
CANBERRA, FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2014 – She may only be 8 years old, but the enthusiasm and passion of junior Raiders cheerleader Eireann Wood is already inspiring others to take action to change lives.
Eireann has cerebral palsy which affects her left leg and foot. She wears an orthotic and has undergone botox treatment and plaster casting to straighten and strengthen her muscles. But nothing gets in the way of her joining her fellow Emerald Princesses in cheerleading for her beloved Canberra Raiders.
Eireann’s mum Beke Pyne says her daughter is a massive Raiders fan, and it seems, a home crowd favourite.
‘She has barely missed a home game in the last few years, and now that she’s one of the junior cheerleaders, she really feels a part of the club’, Beke said.
‘Eireann loves nothing more than getting her cheer uniform on and using her best dance moves to spur the Raiders on. She has an amazing go get it attitude, and the game day crowd really seems to get behind her and the rest of the young cheerleading team.
‘We are really proud of Eireann as she doesn’t let her cerebral palsy get in the way of enjoying a sport she loves. And we are really grateful for the way the club has included her and ensured she can be fully involved despite her physical disability.’
Eireann and the Emerald Princesses will make a special appearance at the Raiders’ final home ground clash of the season, when they take on the Parramatta Eels at GIO Stadium Canberra tomorrow.
It is no surprise that Eireann has inspired the STEPtember team ‘Eire’s Angels’, made up of her mum and three friends, who are all in awe of the little girl’s positive outlook on life. STEPtember participants form teams of four and each do 10,000 steps a day from 3-30 September. Participants also raise money to help Cerebral Palsy Alliance provide vital equipment and therapy.
Eireann hopes to not only inspire the Raiders to make their last home game a victorious one, but also to inspire fellow Raiders fans to join her in supporting the STEPtember challenge.
‘We have such a wonderful and supportive community and it would be great to see everyone rallying to support Eireann and support STEPtember’, Beke Pyne said. ‘Eireann’s determination and positive attitude to life is something we can all learn from.’
To donate to the STEPtember team ‘Eire’s Angels’ go to www.steptember.org.au
Released on 5 Sep 2014