THESE young stars were full of cheer after being crowned national champions.
The talented youngsters from the Hartlepool Hawks cheerleading club went up against 60 other clubs from around the UK at the British Championships.
And the cheerleaders pulled out a five star performance when it mattered in front of 3,000 people at the Winter Gardens, in Blackpool.
The town’s only cheerleading club made the trip back to Hartlepool “absolutely delighted” after the youth cheer team, made up of youngsters aged seven-12 and the junior jazz team, with teenagers aged 13 and older, both left as champions.
“They were absolutely fantastic,” beamed head coach Rebecca Taylor, 22.
“It was a huge competition and there was so many people there so to win in two categories was amazing.”
The two gold-winning teams weren’t the only Hawks to perform well on the big stage.
Youngsters in the youth age group also finished second in the jazz category, while the senior cheerleaders finished second in both the hip-hop and jazz competitions.
And the youngest of the Hawks showed the future of the club is in safe hands after finishing fifth in the age category of five-nine year olds.
Rebecca, who lives in the Fens area of Hartlepool, said: “We have been to this competition in the past.
“But this was by far the biggest so far, we couldn’t even take all of our parents with us because the place had sold out.
“Ten judges were there and the head judge was American so it was a real range of cheerleading styles from all over the world.
“I’m still on a high from it now, they all did so well.”
Rebecca also thanked her fellow coaches Kate Gibson and Becky Hamer for their “fantastic work”.
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