AN academy boss is hoping her students can bring back a trophy when they perform in a two-day championship being held this weekend.
Rebecca Taylor, who is the founder, head coach and chairwoman of the Hartlepool Hawks cheerleading academy, will be taking her students to the Legacy Championship.
The competition is being held in Newcastle.
The regional cheer and dance event takes place today and tomorrow at the Northumbria University Sport Central building.
Rebecca added: “Fingers crossed we have another successful competition.”
Success at Newcastle would come just weeks after the Hawks performed well at the British cheerleading winter championships, which were held in Blackpool.
The Hawks took 20 routines to Blackpool and brought home 18 trophies, including success in the mini stunt group level two; youth stunt group level threef; junior stunt group level four; senior stunt group level two; parents stunt group level two; mini cheer team level two; youth cheer team level two; junior cheer team level three; mini pom; youth pom; junior pom; mini jazz; youth jazz; junior jazz; mini hip hop; youth hip hop; and senior hip hop.
The Hawks also won the spirit awards which is given to the team which showed the most support to other teams as well as their own.
Cheerleaders, aged from four to 40, made up the Hawks team at the Blackpool championships.
And just last October, Rebecca herself won the coach of the year title at the Hartlepool Mail sports awards, admitting it had come as a complete surprise.
The flourishing Hartlepool Hawks currently has 200 students on its books and runs 60 classes.
The Hawks have taken on two units in Moreland Street, in Hartlepool.
One is a large dance studio and the other is a gymnasium.