Cheer­lead­ers put in golden ef­fort at worlds

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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.

Smooth sail­ing:

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