Kirsty Lee Allan
KIRSTY LEE ALLAN
THE QUEEN OF KINGS
Kirsty Lee Allan is one of the leaders of Australia’s most eminent cheerleading group – the Sydney Kings Harlequins. She’s seen the highs and lows of the team from the best seat in the house! And if she looks familiar, there’s every chance you’ve seen her on your TV screen!
You’ve just come off another season with the Sydney Kings Harlequins cheerleading squad. Knowing how much you and the Sassy Entertainment crew love the game you must be missing your hoops already!
I’m a huge NBA fan so watching that season gives me my fix! Rehearsals for the NBL 2015/16 season start soon and by the looks of the signings of Julian Khazzouh and Josh Childress it’s shaping up to be an exciting season!
You’ve been a part of the squad for a few years now. What is it you love about performing at Kings games?
The only reason I perform at games is because I love it so much. I’ve been a Kings fan since I was 8 years old. I love my squad and I love getting the best seats in the house.
Do you think the experience of going to a Sydney Kings game would be the same without the Harlequins?
I think it’s different for everyone. I remember the cheerleaders when I went to watch my first Kings game when I was 8 years old. I loved playing basketball but I always dreamed of becoming a Harlequin. After the games we interact a lot with the crowd and so many young kids want our photos and are so excited to meet us. So personally I think we add great value to game nights.
How much of the game do you actually get to absorb given how much work you’re doing?
Well at times I tend to absorb a bit too much and forget sometimes that I’m meant to be doing a cheer. In saying that we are professionals so I’m sure you wouldn’t notice.
Do you have a favourite memory of your time with the squad?
When Brian Goorjian was coaching and we won three in a row. They were pretty special years.
What other sports are you into? I know you love your Sydney Swans and the St George-Illawarra Dragons?
Red and White all day! Yeah I’m also into surfing, tennis, UFC, NFL, Baseball and all winter sports.
So essentially you’re an all round sports nut?
Haha. Yeah I guess you could say that.
You’re also a very accomplished actress. What is on the horizon that you can tell us about?
After moving back from America I took some time off to try and appreciate fully why I really love to act. It’s such a mind game and sometimes you get caught up in the world of really needing a job instead of doing it because you love it. I’m getting back into it now and I’m heading back over to the States in a couple of weeks for some meetings.
Many will remember you from the Aussie TV series Sea Patrol. You played the character of Able Seaman Rebecca “Bomber” Brown. What ever happened to Bomber?
Bomber moved to LA and unfortunately there was no Australian Navy on the shores of Malibu. Haha. No, in all seriousness I had an opportunity to move to LA and as any young girl would do, I chased my dream.
Bomber was a very popular character. Why do you think the public warmed to her so much?
She was likeable. I think people related to her. She spoke her mind and she wasn’t perfect. She was a great character to play.
From the comfort of the loungeroom, it seemed like a fun show to work on?
Oh yeah! Living in Mission Beach and working on the water all day was amazing. I felt so blessed to be a part of a show where cast and crew felt like family.
How did you go with all that time at sea? It sounds like a recipe for a few unwanted stomachaches!
Being from Dubbo you would think I would have had a few troubles but surprisingly I didn’t get sick once. I loved every minute of being on the boat.
We’ve also seen you in the SBS shows Fat Pizza and Swift and Shift Couriers as well, but surely it’s hard to top your performance in the Carlton Dry ad with Steven Seagal. What can you tell us about working with the big man?
Exactly that … He is big! It was fun to work with such a big star.
Did you manage to convince him to support the Kings, the Dragons or the Swans in the process?
No he was only into martial arts! Haha.
If you could be any athlete, who would it be?
Sally Fitzgibbons. You may ask why as she hasn’t quite won a world title yet, but there’s something I love about the underdog. She’s hard working, she’s down to earth and she has great sponsors behind her. She also supports the Dragons so she’s a legend in my eyes!
PHOTOS: With thanks to Aaron Browning