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Kiwi teen heading to World Cheerleading Championships

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While New Zealand's not competing at the World Cheerleading Championships this year, it doesn't mean there won't be any Kiwis.

Tauranga's Anna Grigson has landed a spot in Team England and is about to head to the competition in Florida next week.

The 16-year-old has been practising since she was three and she's now flipped, tucked and tumbled her way into England's national cheerleading team.

"It's been hard at times so I push through, especially when we're tired, but it's been a really good and fun experience," she told Newshub.

She moved to London last year to chase her dream of being in a competitive cheerleading team.

And she's pretty confident about their chances.

"If we hit - then, pretty good, I think," she said.

a woman standing in front of a building © Newshub.

Anna's coach Ant Ridgway told Newshub she's the perfect athlete.

"She's a great girl and a real asset to the team. All the girls love her," he said.

Anna's love for cheerleading has endured long trainings and wayward limbs and even saw her smacked in the head the other day - "but it's pretty standard", she said.

While they look polished, this grade is unfamiliar territory.

"Almost none of our girls in the all-girls team have done this level before, so we had to teach them the skill level from scratch," Ridgway said.

Although she's sporting an English Rose, Anna is still a Kiwi.

"I miss all of my family and my friends," she confessed.

The good news is here, family will no doubt be cheering on this cheerleader as she vies for a spot at the top of the podium.

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