Rhondda based cheerleading squad RSD took the top spot at this year’s International Cheerleading Coalition (ICC) national competition.
The squad, lead by sisters Emma and Pamela Richards, performed at the 10,000 capacity Capital FM arena in Nottingham and are now in their 11th year of competing on both international and global stages.
After two days of competing, the results proved just how hard these teams work.
RSD placed first and national champions in the mini cheer dance, youth cheer dance, junior cheer dance, senior cheer dance, senior prop dance, youth jazz dance, senior jazz dance, mini cheer, youth cheer and junior cheer categories. They also picked up awards in senior cheer, mini jazz, junior jazz and senior cheer.
Coach, Pamela Richards- Dackins said: “It’s amazing to see the hard work and dedication of each member and parent come together. We are so proud of all that they achieve. Our senior dance team are currently ranked 13th in the world, and we are heading back out to the world championships in Florida this April to see how we will fair this year.”
The senior dance team also won the qualification to attend the dance world championships 2016 with partial funding from ICC.
Senior dance team member Courtney Harding, 17, from Tonyrefail said: “I have been cheerleading with RSD since I was 8 years old, we train twice a week and really push ourselves to improve during each session.
“To win at nationals is such a big achievement and although we work so hard, it’s never expected. I can’t wait to go to back to Florida and compete in Worlds and show them what talent RSD has.”