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Cheerleader's tragedy: Teammates 'did all they could'

Day 2 of inquiry focuses on their role in handling safety

Published on Mar 19, 2014 8:38 AM
The 18-year-old landed awkwardly and suffered spinal injuries while he was attempting a cheerleading move.

Two cheerleaders who physically supported Ngee Ann Polytechnic student Lai Qing Xiang as he attempted a "back handspring" that ultimately proved fatal have told a court they did all they could to help him with the move.

The tragedy has raised questions on safety measures in the activity of cheerleading.

Testifying on Day 2 of a coroner's inquiry into the 18- year-old's death, Mr Vincent Lam Yu Xuan and Mr Eugene Eng Ee Ren each said they did their best during the August 2013 practice session with the school's cheerleading team, Magnum Force.

As "spotters", their role was to support Qing Xiang's lower back and thighs from either side as he tried the move.

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