AN ANDOVER gymnast who owns a cheerleading academy in Charlton has just returned from competing at the 2024 Cheerleading World Championships in Florida securing a prestigious sixth place in the world.

Tierney Daley, who is the owner and head coach of Charlton Rocks Cheerleading Academy based at the Salto Centre in Charlton, achieved success by battling against the world’s best teams.

The Cheerleading World Championships was held at the ESPN World of Sports complex, Orlando, Florida, and is one of the world's biggest competitions with this year being its 20th anniversary.

As an athlete Tierney is part of Bournemouth Elite Hail which is an extremely talented IOLC-5 team that secured a place at this year’s world championships.

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In an extremely difficult division, up against some very strong teams from around the World, Hail finished in second place on day one of the competition and secured their spot in the finals.

They went on to finish sixth in the final.

Tierney is an elite athlete who has competed for nearly 20 years as an acro-gymnast.

Six years ago, she founded Charlton Rocks Cheer (CRC), offering both recreational and competitive cheerleading programs.

Their travel team, comprised of 10 athletes between the ages of eight and 13, is currently fundraising for an upcoming trip to Barcelona in June, where they'll showcase their routine for the first time.

The 2023-2024 season has been a banner year for CRC. Their competition teams have already participated in four events, consistently achieving top placements (first to third) at each competition.

They look to continue their winning streak at their upcoming competition in Telford at the end of May.