Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

New Zealand wins Gold at World Cheerleading Championships

New Zealand wins Gold at World Cheerleading Championships

New Zealand has this weekend made history by scooping Gold at the World Cheerleading Championships in Florida, USA.

Two of the All Star Cheerleaders' top squads, Team New Zealand All Girl and Team New Zealand Co-ed, came first in both the divisions they were competing in at the International Cheer Union (ICU) world cheerleading champs.

Team NZ Co-ed placed first in the co-ed elite division and Team NZ All Girl placed first in the all-girl elite division.

More 30,000 cheerleaders representing 70 countries travelled to Walt Disney Resort in Florida, USA to compete against the most elite squads around in world on 24-25 April.

Owner of All Star Cheerleaders Kimberley Ramsay says they are overwhelmed with the win.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what the girls and guys have achieved. Training for the world champs has been intense, with more than 60 hours a week spent training in the lead up to this competition, so they have achieved this through sheer dedication, determination and discipline.”

New Zealand has been competing at the ICU champs since 2005. The last time they competed (2012) they came second and for the past two years they have been dedicated to winning Gold, by bringing in internationally trained co-ed stunting coaches, as well as highly trained gymnastic coaches and frequent, specialist coaches from the USA.

Kimberley Ramsay says the win puts New Zealand cheerleading on the map and hopes it will spark more interest and encourage young kids to take up the sport.

“The biggest misconception is people think cheerleading is dancing on the side of a rugby or sports field with pom poms. We actually don’t use pom poms because our routines are filled with stunting, tumbling and amazing athletic skills. The sport has grown exponentially throughout NZ over the past few years – from school kids at recreational level to those wanting to compete on the national and international stage.” said Ms Ramsay.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Wellington Rugby Zeroes: Sevens To Move To Hamilton

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester: “The Sevens has been a big part of recent Wellington history but it was time for the event to move on… Wellingtonians have been voting with their feet in the last few years and we’ve seen the result in dwindling crowd numbers and lower ticket sales.” More>>

ALSO:

Matafeo & Dravid: The Billy T And Fred Award Winners For 2017

At the final show of the 2017 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. the Festival came to a close after 115 shows in Auckland and 68 shows in Wellington. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: What’s Fair? Tax and Fairness

This is an excellent and timely book, since apart from general statements about increasing or mostly reducing tax, there has been very little comment or debate as to whether we should pay tax at all and how much tax should each of us pay. More>>

Ockham Awards: Globally Lauded Novelist Wins NZ’s Biggest Fiction Prize

Internationally renowned Ngāruawāhia resident Catherine Chidgey has won New Zealand’s richest writing award, the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, for her novel The Wish Child. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland