All-girl Kiwi cheerleading group wins world champs in US

An all-girl Kiwi cheerleading group has taken gold for the second year in a row at the World Cheerleading Championships in the United States.

Team NZ All Girl placed first in the All-girl elite division at the World Cheerleading Championships in Florida.

More than 30,000 cheerleaders representing 70 countries travelled to Walt Disney Resort in Florida this week to compete.

Team New Zealand All Girl defended their title, placing first in the all-girl elite division.

Team NZ Co-ed placed fourth in the co-ed elite division.

"I couldn't be more proud of what both of the teams have achieved," All Star Cheerleaders owner Kimberley Ramsay said.

She said the girls spent around 60 hours a week training for the competition.

Ms Ramsay says she hopes it will spark more interest and encourage young kids to take up the sport.

"The biggest misconception is people think cheerleading is dancing on the side of a rugby or sports field with pom poms. We actually don't use pom poms because our routines are filled with stunting, tumbling and amazing athletic skills.

"The sport has grown exponentially throughout NZ over the past few years - from school kids at recreational level to those wanting to compete on the national and international stage."