A Matakohe 11-year-old, Tasharna Rose Keogh, has been announced Cheerleader of the Year after being involved in the sport for only one year.
Tasharna, known as T-Shay in the cheerleading world, joined Blackout Cheer NZ in January last year and has won four golds and one silver in her individual routine, as well as several more medals in duo and team events.
This year she is in two teams again, Black Gold and Black Ice, and they will be in three national competitions, a two-day competition in Australia, then on to the Australian Nationals two-day competition on the Gold Coast.
Tasharna lives with her grandparents Karen and Craig Pullar. “It has taken a few years, but she has come out of her shell, and now the cheerleading is making our beautiful little girl smile and forget the hard parts of her life, so it makes all the travelling and hours of training worth it just to see that smile,” says Karen.
Tasharna hopes to one day represent New Zealand in the World Championships in Australia and America.
To help cover the costs involved in travelling to Australia Karen is fundraising with raffles and is accepting donations, and would be interested in sponsorship. Contact 027 363 9976. ¢