There was debate over a high-kicking male cheer squad on this day in 1994, after the All Australian Netball Association defended their decision denying the "Heaven's Legends" the opportunity to support their home team at the Superleague finals.
Rod Hook, the vice-president of Contax, who the cheer men were supporting, said "It is a unique twist to have professional male dancers performing in support of female athletes. I would have thought the administrators would have seized the promotional possibilities."
The administrative officer of the ACT Netball Association, Pat Dart, did not agree. "I have always been a vocal opponent of this sort of thing," she said, "I hate to see the girls dancing at football games. I would think league fans go to the matches to get excited by the game itself, rather than the high kicks of the young girls. I think it's exploitation, and I guess I feel the same about the men at netball matches."
The president of the South Canberra Netball Association, Paul Blanch, was not opposed to the idea of the pom-pom boys performing at matches, and while he said he did not see the point of dancing squads, he said it was "an interesting twist" for men to be the ones cheering on the women.
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