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Bay Twisters win national title

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WELL DONE: Tauranga's Bay Twisters' Tornadoes team became national champions last weekend. PHOTO/SUPPLIED
WELL DONE: Tauranga's Bay Twisters' Tornadoes team became national champions last weekend. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

Tauranga's Bay Twisters' Tornadoes are national cheerleading champions for the first time after winning performances at Cheer Factor last weekend.

The senior level three team beat six other clubs during two gruelling days of competition at the ASB Arena in Kohimarama, Auckland.

"It was a long day but the girls love competing and supporting all the other teams from across New Zealand," said Bay Twisters chairperson, Rebecca Grigson.

"It makes it even harder being based over two days. They have to perform on both days with 30 per cent of the score for Saturday and 70 per cent for Sunday.

"Bay Twisters have not been national champions for level three before so it is awesome.

"Also Anna Grigson, aged 13, achieved the top level of cheerleading of level five. She won the junior level five solo so she is the best in New Zealand on her own as well as being part of the Tornadoes as well."

Anyone interested in Bay Twisters is welcome to attend the skills evaluation day on November 26, including current athletes, to assess what teams they would be placed in for 2017.

Two coaches from Auckland are coming to Argos Gym to assess girls and boys. Just turn up and bring $5 to register.

Venue: Argos Gymsport, 32 Koromiko St, Judea, Tauranga
Ages 5-7 years 12pm till 1.15pm; 7-10 years 1.30pm - 3pm; 11 years upwards 3.15pm - 5.15pm.
For more info please contact Rebecca Grigson on 021 191 6933 or email

Cheer Factor results:

Starlets, Youth Level 1, 2nd place; Cyclones Senior level 1, 1st place; Thunder Senior level 2, 1st Place; Tornado Senior Level 3, 3rd Place; Parnell Davis Solo junior level 2, 3rd place; Alex Kilgour Solo junior level 2, 2nd place; Anna Grigson Solo junior level 5, 1st place; Alisha and Brierley, Duo senior level 1, 2nd place; Alisha and Madison, Duo junior level 2, 2nd place; Priya, Taryn, Frankie and Kayleigh, Stunt group level 4, 2nd place; Priya and Kelly Duo level 3 junior, 1st place; Olivia and Lucy, Duo level 1 junior, 1st place; Kelly, Alisha, Caitlin, Hailey, Stunt group level 3, 3rd place.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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