Kids off to chal­lenge

Bush Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS - By MICHELLE MITCHELL Huia Range teacher

After be­ing in­volved in Jump Jam and aer­o­bics in my pre­vi­ous school I was keen to con­tinue my pas­sion with the chil­dren at Huia Range.

I started by us­ing the fit­ness pro­gramme within my class, and then was lucky enough to get Brett Fair­weather (cre­ator of Jump Jam) to come in and do some rou­tines with some of the classes. The chil­dren loved it and so I thought we would give the com­pe­ti­tions a try.

Be­ing first time en­trants, I wasn’t sure how we would go, but knew the chil­dren cer­tainly had po­ten­tial. The girls were ab­so­lutely ec­static when they found out that both teams had qual­i­fied for the North Is­land cham­pi­onships.

With very lit­tle time between hear­ing the news and hav­ing to per­form, a huge fundrais­ing ef­fort had to be­gin. Lo­cal busi­nesses have been won­der­ful in do­nat­ing prod­ucts and ser­vices towards a raf­fle, and we were very for­tu­nate to re­ceive as­sis­tance from the Monty Fair­brother Trust as well.

Hav­ing an in­ter­est in Jump Jam, and hav­ing at­tended the com­pe­ti­tion her­self, my daugh­ter Tayla has been help­ing to coach the Year 4-6 team and will be part of the crew trav­el­ling up to the com­pe­ti­tion.

The teams, coaches and sup­port­ers head to Tau­ranga next Fri­day, with the first team per­form­ing on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 27.

The Huia Range Rock­ers (Year 4-6) fin­ish with a flour­ish at their re­hearsal on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 15.

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