Remarkables Primary School year 11 and 12 girls with Jump Jam creator and former New Zealand and world aerobics champion Brett Fairweather at the school last week. The
girls will compete as Jump Stars at the South Island Regional Jump Jam Championships in Christchurch on Saturday. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
Countless hours of practice by Remarkables Primary School
pupils appears to be paying off in preparation for the South
Island regional jump jam championships this Saturday and the
programme creator is impressed by the standard of
''I think everyone associated can be pretty proud.
''They will be worthy of walking on stage and doing a
performance ... I think they'll hold their own.''
The year 11 and 12 girls team, named Jump Stars, have been
training for the past two months under the guidance of RPS
specialist music and drama teacher Lisa Moore.
The team practises every day before school, during every
morning tea break and during lunch hours from Tuesday to
Friday, for the Strictly Jump Jam competition.
It is the second year the school has entered the event - an
aerobics based programme designed specifically for primary
and intermediate school children, which helps increase
fitness, and builds confidence.
Mr Fairweather, a two-time world aerobic champion and
eight-time New Zealand aerobic champion, said there were two
main events - Strictly Jump Jam and the Jump Jam Challenge.
Pupils had to learn a pre-set routine for both events but
Challenge participants could change up to one-third of the
choreography and wear costumes.
In the Strictly Jump Jam event, pupils learn and perform the
routine exactly as it has been designed.
After the team performed in the school library under Mr
Fairweather's watchful eye on Thursday morning, he was quick
to offer suggestions and provide advice, but believed the
girls stood a good chance of making it to the top three of
the 11 teams competing, and booking a trip to Auckland for
the national finals.
The children and several parents will travel to Christchurch
for this weekend's competition, at the Lincoln Event Centre.