A CHEERLEADING academy has enjoyed its finest day of competition by having 18 teams take leading spots at a national contest.
Fifty Hartlepool Hawks cheerleaders and parents went to Blackpool late last month for the British Cheerleading Winter Championships.
They were held at the Winter Gardens and the Hawks founder Rebecca Taylor said: “There were about 30 other teams at the competition. There were hundreds of cheerleaders competing and the event was a sellout.”
Rebecca said the Hawks had “been training really hard for this competition”.
That included some of the competitors doing up to 30 hours a week.
Rebecca added: “We took 69 cheerleaders aged from four to 40 and they made up our 20 teams. We competed in cheerleading, stunting, Jazz, hip hop and pom.
“The competition was at a really high standard. All teams performed really well and the competition was bursting with talent.”
The Hawks took 20 routines to Blackpool and brought home 18 trophies.
Their triumphs were;
l Fourth in the mini stunt group level 2.
l Second in the youth stunt group level 3.
l Third in the junior stunt group level 4.
l Third in the senior stunt group level 2.
l Third in the parents stunt group level 2.
l Fourth in the mini cheer team level 2.
l Third in the youth cheer team level 2.
l Second in the junior cheer team level 3.
l Second in the mini pom.
l Third in the youth pom.
l Fourth in the junior pom..
l First in the mini jazz.
l First in the youth jazz.
l Fourth in the junior jazz.
l First in the mini hip hop.
l First in the youth hip hop.
l Fourth in the senior hip hop.
The Hawks also won the Spirit Awards which is given to the team which shown the most support to other teams as well as their own.
Rebecca said: “This is the third time Hartlepool hawks have been awarded with the spirit award which is an honour.
“This is the first event of our competition season and what a way to start. I am absolutely thrilled with the results and so proud of every single one of our Hawks.
“I would like to give thanks to all our coaches who give up their time to teach our Hawks and make them the stars they are.”