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Hartlepool Hawks swoop on gold medals at European Championships

Hawks athletes represented their country in the competition.
Hawks athletes represented their country in the competition.

Hartlepool Hawks Cheerleading Academy made the country proud after coming home with three gold medals from the European Championships.

The Hawks travelled to the Netherlands to represent Team UK in the competition which saw athletes from across Europe compete in a range of routines on the international stage.

Hartlepool Hawks won a range of medals in the competition.

Hartlepool Hawks won a range of medals in the competition.

The event saw Hawks athletes, aged from six to 19, beat fierce competition from a host of teams to win a total of 11 medals in the competition.

The Hawks won three gold medals, making the Clarity Junior Cheerdance Team; the Movement Mini Cheerdance Team and Hollie & Leah Junior Partner Stunt, European Champions.

The squad also won four silver medals and four bronze medals.

Silver medal teams included Lady Knights Mini Cheer Team; Prodigy 5 Junior All Girl Stunt Group; Power Junior Coed Stunt Group and Katie & Sophie Cheerdance Duet.

Hartlepool Hawks athletes competing in the European Championships.

Hartlepool Hawks athletes competing in the European Championships.

The bronze medalists were Isabelle & Lucy Cheerdance Duet; Abbie & Molly Cheerdance Duet; Royalty Cheer Team; Distinction Senior Cheerdance.

On their achievements head coach Beccii Taylor said she was so proud of her athletes.

She said: “I am extremely proud, totally overwhelmed with the results.

“The standard of the other countries was better than ever before, everyone had raised the bar.”

Hartlepool Hawks athletes with their trophy.

Hartlepool Hawks athletes with their trophy.

The Hawks once again qualified to take part in the event after their success at the UKCA National Championships in Manchester in March.

This was the third year the Hawks were selected to represent the UK in the European Cheerleading Championships.

Last year, 42 athletes flew to Croatia to compete and returned home with six medals.

In the run-up to the competition, the Hawks embarked on a fundraising mission to raise the cash needed to take part.

Hartlepool Hawks athletes travelled to the Netherlands to compete.

Hartlepool Hawks athletes travelled to the Netherlands to compete.

Hartlepool Hawks athletes made the country proud with their results.

Hartlepool Hawks athletes made the country proud with their results.

Hartlepool Hawks were delighted with their achievements.

Hartlepool Hawks were delighted with their achievements.

Hartlepool Hawks athletes beat off fierce competition to win a range of gold and silver medals.

Hartlepool Hawks athletes beat off fierce competition to win a range of gold and silver medals.

Two Hawks athletes celebrate their win.

Two Hawks athletes celebrate their win.