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A predominantly American sport, cheerleading has made its way to Tawa, and is pro- ducing some great talent. Hutchinson, who studies photography and graphic design at Wellington Insti- tute of Technology, has been cheerleading for four years. She said she began doing gym from an early age, training 16 hours a week. When she quit, she wanted to keep those skills going. Cheerleading s a lot more social [than gym]. It s a team sport. Kortegast, who studies architecture at Victoria Uni- versity, has been cheerlead- ing for five years. I d always done gym. I m not really good at ball sports, she says. There s a lot of pressure. If one person mucks up then it s just going to fail. Kortegast is a flyer and gets thrown in the air to per- form twists and flips. The young women train at Bigair gym in Tawa and are part of the senior team. They recently won the duo division of the national Cheerfest competition. They created their own routine, and trained together for just under a month. Though they say they prob- ably left it a bit late, they were excited about their win. Hutchinson, a lifter , said competition was helpful because it gave the cheerleaders something to work towards. It s about achieving things as well. That s my first cheerleading trophy, she said. It s pretty inspirational. It s sitting in my room and I always look at it and I m like, I wanna train really hard and get another one at next comp . Leesa eyes world title Strong ambition: New Zealand's top women's discus thrower Leesa Lealaisalanoa is ramping up her training in preparation for a season she hopes will include a world title. By KAROLINE TUCKEY Porirua discus thrower Leesa Leala- isalanoa is determined that injury won t stop her push for a world title in the next 12 months. The champion athlete holds the New Zealand open women s discus title and record (after breaking Beatrice Faumuina s record), the under-19 women s title, and the New Zealand Secondary School s Athletics Association title, and is planning to defend them this summer in the lead- up to selection for her major goal -- the IAAF World Junior Champion- ships in Spain in July next year. After a self-confessed disappoint- ing performance, coming 15th in a field of 32 at the Junior World Champs in Canada last year with a throw of 48 metres, Leesa says she wants an international win more than ever, and is preparing to put in some hard yards to make her mark. Her best throw is 52m, and she believes she can add distance to that. I didn t do quite as well as I could have and it kind of woke me up to where I want to be and where I was. It definitely opened my eyes to do more training and step up. It drove me and when I came back I was gut- ted, and quite upset, but I strove from there to do better and ended up breaking the New Zealand open women s discus throw. Now I d like to take that world title next year. The 17-year-old is currently train- ing almost three hours a day, six days a week, but has been nursing an injury through the off season, which she admits will make her goal one step harder. In April she took a heavy fall on to her knee under the weight of a five- girl rugby tackle, and dislodged her kneecap from the socket, tearing the tissue underneath. She had just introduced running to her training but that has had to take a back seat to recovery, working hard on rehabili- tation. I know because of this injury I m not as strong as before, so I know I need to put more work in, but it s going really well. It delayed our training plans, but I feel it s made me stronger. I m more determined. Selection for the New Zealand world juniors team will take place in March next year after the summer season, and Leesa hopes to convince the selectors she has what it takes. I have a really good chance of making the team, and making an impact at the championships. As well as training to reach top form, Leesa is also aware of the challenges of covering the cost of international travel. She says while grants and donations from trusts helped to raise the $10,000 required for the trip in 2010, she isn t counting any chickens before they re hatched, and has already started applying for funding again.
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