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Heidi Roberts is a 21 year old Auckland Blues SkyCity Cheerleader...
Heidi Roberts is a 21 year old Auckland Blues SkyCity Cheerleader. But don’t be fooled by her pretty face and energetic dance moves she also graduated top of her major in radio within her Communications Degree at Auckland University in 2009 and is currently a radio host on 87.7 Boosh FM. Read below to see how Heidi prepares for a night on the town!
Who influenced you in the direction you’ve taken with your career?
My Mum :)
How influential was the support of your family?
Very influential, Mum started teaching me to dance when I was 3 years old and continued till I was 18! That's what I call support! She always encouraged me even through my teenage moods, lucky for me she is so patient.
What do you think are some of the struggles young people face growing up in NZ?
Lots of sports and recreational hobbies are really competitive now, which can take the fun out of doing them, so I think it’s' really important to try your best, but at the same time, don't take things too seriously.
I also think depression is a massive problem young New Zealanders are facing at the moment... I'm not quite sure where this comes from - maybe the massive pressures we feel to look 'hot' and be 'cool'?
What are some of the struggles you have faced getting to where you are today? How did you overcome them?
Lack of self confidence - its funny how people automatically assume that because I am a cheerleader I must be a really confident person, but it's not always like that - I get really shy, I'm a terrible public speaker, and I have body issues. To overcome these I just tell myself that I can only do my best so just keep doing what I do, and keep my chin up.
Another thing I struggled with was my priorities - when I was at school I wanted to take Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, and Hip Hop dance lessons, as well as piano lessons, drum lessons, I wanted to play soccer, be in the school production and Stage Challenge. On top of that I wanted to spend time with my friends. I had to learn that I couldn't do it all, and I had to get my priorities straight.
Why should young people get involved in cheerleading/dancing, and what would your advice be for young people wanting to get into it?
Dancing is a lot fun, it’s a great way to exercise and can teach you so much - not just about your body but about discipline and loyalty. Performing is also a brilliant confidence builder. If you want to learn to dance, there are dance schools everywhere so ask at your school or Google dance schools in your local area. Most schools let you go to the first class free, where you can either watch or participate, and see if this is something you really want to do.
What has been your career highlight so far?
Dancing in front of a sold out stadium of people at Eden Park. The buzz is unexplainable.
If you go out partying, what are some of the things you do to make sure you stay safe and your friends stay safe?
Always make sure we all have our phones on us. Have a place to meet up if we lose each other... but the best thing to do is just to stick together and watch out for each other.
What do you see as the impact on NZ youth that are drinking underage and/or taking drugs?
Depends how old they are but a lot of the time they don't have the life skills to be dealing with these sort of things. It also sucks to see young, healthy bodies that are still not fully grown and developed be subjected to unhealthy substances like alcohol and drugs.
What were some myths you believed in when you were young (in relation to alcohol and drugs), and did they influence your decision making?
I thought smoking ciggies and weed would make me cool - the older you get the more you learn that the opposite is true.