A young group of cheer leaders hope to represent New Zealand on the world stage.
The All Star Stormz want to compete at the Cheerleading World Championships and believe they deserve it after a stand out performance at the American Cheerleading Showcase earlier this year.
Cheerleader Mikayla Lennon, 13, says they are not sure what competition will be next but they are training hard for the world championships.
After two years of training for the showcase the North Shore squad’s hard work paid off when they outshone more than100 teams for the silver prize.
All six All Star cheerleading teams who competed in the American Cheerleading Showcase, in Anaheim, California, placed in the top three of their divisions.
“We were all so excited when they announced the winners, everyone was crying with happiness.
“It felt so good to come second at such a big competition when we are just a team from little New Zealand,” Mikayla said.
Team manager Sally Smith says, “It was so rewarding to see all their hard work pay off, the coach was so proud she fell to the ground”.
The team, which is made up of 20 girls aged 11 to 17, trains together for six hours a week and also individually in the weekends.
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