York teenager at the International World Cheerleading Championships

A TEENAGER from York is celebrating after helping England win a bronze medal at a world championship.

Tia England, aptly named, is back at work this week after helping England win bronze at the International Cheerleading Union World Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Nineteen-year-old Tia is the newest and youngest member of the Customer Experience Advisor team at First York City Bus Company.

Tia, who lives in Strensall, was part of a 20-person adaptive skills team that includes athletes with physical and hidden disabilities along with people without disabilities.

She said, “It was a really tough split, to say the least, and you only get one chance to stick to the grind.”

Tia has a condition known as Essential Tremor which causes her hands to shake involuntarily due to a disorder in her central nervous system that she has had since early childhood.

It is controlled with medication and it has not prevented him from reaching the highest level in his sport.

The England team triumphed in Style Pom, which involves performing a routine set to specially composed music lasting two minutes and choreographed with skills, spins and technical elements, while also focusing on powerful movement, imagery and drive.

As seems to happen so often when England compete in elite tournaments, Tia and her teammates were drawn in the same group as the host nations, overcoming challenges from Scotland and Wales to secure a place on the podium.

“I have been lucky enough to be in the England team since 2019 but due to the pandemic this is my first year competing with them at the world championships but I am so grateful to have spent three years with the team. learning and growing,” added Tia.

He joined First York last September after attending Huntington School, but had some knowledge of how the bus company operates as his father is a driver.

Tia said: “It’s completely different to other jobs I’ve had in catering and retail. There are colleagues of all ages in the business and it’s good to work with a variety of people with different backgrounds.”

First York’s eight CEAs will be seen across the city starting next week as they evolve their role from the Park & ​​Ride network to supporting customers in exchanges with information on schedules, bus routes and locations. of interest. The bus operator is also interested in expanding the team and is now recruiting for more CEA roles, both full-time and part-time.

As well as her weekly training for England, Tia is also a member of Fantasy Cheer and Dance in York, where she has been attending classes since the age of ten.

He has won many national titles and the team hopes to secure a spot at the World All-Star Championship after competing at the national championships in June.

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