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NZ All Girls team win World Cheerleading Champs

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Team New Zealand All Girls cheerleading squad are back to back world champions, scooping Gold this weekend 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 have been defending their world championship title at the International Cheer Union (ICU) world cheerleading champs. Team NZ All Girl placed first in the All-girl elite division and Team NZ Co-ed placed fourth in the Co-ed elite division.

More than 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 winning two years in a row is just incredible.

"I couldn’t be more proud of what both of the teams have achieved. For the girls, it’s simply incredible to be back to back World Champions - they are still buzzing! 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. Last year they made history by winning Gold in both the Co-ed and All Girl elite squads for the first time. Kimberley Ramsay says the win will continue to put 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.

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