Cheerleaders put in golden effort at worlds
Cheerleaders wrapped in silver ferns have made history this year.
Team New Zealand squads won gold in both the all-girl and co-ed divisions at the ICU World Cheerleading Championships on April 24 and 25.
They were the only divisions Team New Zealand entered.
New Zealand has been competing in the world champs since 2005 but has never managed to bring home a gold medal.
All Star Cheerleaders owner Kimberley Ramsay says the win puts New Zealand on the map.
Hopefully it will prompt more interest in the sport from youngsters, she says.
‘‘The sport has grown exponentially throughout New Zealand over the past few years - from school kids at recreational level to those wanting to compete on the national and international stage.’’
Training for the competition was intense with more than 60 hours a week spent together, she says.
To win at a competition with more than 30,000 cheerleaders competing from 70 countries is a huge success, Ramsay says.
‘‘I couldn’t be more proud of what the girls and guys have achieved...they have achieved this through sheer dedication, determination and discipline.’’
Dream team: Team New Zealand’s all-girl squad won a worlds gold medal this month.