Meet the cheer squad crowned national champions at their first international competition
AUDIENCES were dazzled and judges won over as a cheerleading squad took home the trophy at their first international competition.
The Sarisbury squad of Cheer-a-cality Apollo were crowned national champions at their first competition in Bournemouth.
Coach Lara Hallam said:Â '˜It was the first time we've entered an international competition.
'˜We were aiming for a top five finish, yet to come away as national champions in Level 1 is something else.
'˜When we were announced as winners, it felt like a dream for us.'
The squad, which was comprised of 12 members between the ages of 13 and 18,Â Â shrugged off tough opposition from larger schools to keep themselves on their toes and achieve first place.
Lara said: '˜We are a local school and so to hold our own against much larger opposition was fantastic
'˜I feel enormously proud of our team and staff.'
The school adopted the slogan of '˜start unknown, finish unforgettable' two years ago and Lara believes that it really captures the moment brilliantly.
The 35-year-old said: '˜Our recent success matches our slogan more than ever.
'˜Some of our students who won will be going to university after the summer, so we won't get to see them as much, so it was a lovely send off for them to win.'
Lara added: '˜The response from parents has been ecstatic.
'˜Their children's hardwork has paid off, and they deserve it.'
The cheerleading school also recently held their annual show and raisedÂ Â Â£369 which will be donated to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Â Lara said:'We chose this particular charity because some of our pupils have used their services before, so this was a great opportunity to give back.'