Cronulla Sharks Mermaids head choreographer, Jacqueline Elliott is set to light up the Rugby League Women’s World Cup as creative director, producer and choreographer for the opening ceremony.
Having taken her beloved Mermaids to be one of the top cheer squads in the NRL, Elliott has been given one of the highest accolades in her field.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Elliott.
“This is such a fantastic achievement that I am so proud of. To be given this job, at such an historic event is something that I am really excited about and I’m really looking forward to the challenge. It’s a huge job and a goal that I have always had, it's just turned up at my feet a little earlier than I expected it to but I know I can do it. I'm excited to not only be the choreographer but to also be leading the creative side also.
A former Mermaid herself, Elliott said that the milestone is made even more special given that all of the Women’s World Cup Pool and Semi Final matches will be played right in local area; Cronulla.
“To have such great talent on show right here at Southern Cross Group Stadium is absolutely phenomenal.
“Everyone has worked so hard to make this become a reality and now it’s here. I will be making sure myself and my performers are putting in every effort right up until the event so we can do it the justice it deserves.”
With all matches televised to Channel 7, fans will get to watch the opening ceremony televised also and this has Elliott buzzing with excitement.
“To be able to showcase not just the talents here in the Shire but beyond to both the people watching at the ground however also now on Channel 7 is really, really exciting and something we’re all looking forward to.
When asked if fans had something to look forward to at the ceremony, Elliott kept us all waiting on the edge of our seats like any good performer would.
“Well you’ll just have to tune in to see!”
Three days after the Opening ceremony, Elliott will fly to Chicago and LA where she has choreographed the Australian artists performing in the Thanksgiving and Hollywood parades. 'This year has been monstrous!'