Jumping into Idol final
Goldfields Primary School pupil Emily White is one of only six children selected from throughout the South Island to compete in the Jump Jam Idol in Christchurch next month. And for the third year in a row, Goldfields Primary School will also be represented at the championships, with two teams, coached by teacher Rebecca Barrow and principal Sharon Booth, competing in the teams event. As part of the competition, Emily had to video herself doing a Jump Jam routine, where she had to pretend she was an instructor leading the routine. She said doing the routine was easy, but because she was the instructor she had to do all of the moves the opposite way she was used to, which was a bit tricky. The talented youngster only found out three weeks ago she had made the cut, and was very excited, having practised the routine for two months. She said she loved doing Jump Jam, which was a form of aerobics for children, as she loved aerobics and dancing. She also does tap-dancing and has done jazz and hip-hop dancing in the past. Emily was part of the Goldfields team that finished third in the championships last year and would also be part of one of the two teams competing this year – the day after her individual competition. Mrs Booth said she was delighted with the pupils’ results and said they had been rewarded for their commitment and the hard work they had put into Jump Jam. The whole school took part in Jump Jam as part of its fitness programme. Mrs Booth said they all enjoyed it, which was reflected in the number of pupils willing to practise in their own time for the competition. She said it was ‘‘super’’ Emily had made the finals and she also wanted to mention another pupil, Ryan Hardy, 10, who won his section of the Jump Jam Idol. Unfortunately there won’t be a regional final in his section because of a lack of entries.
Energised: Cromwell Jump Jam star Emily White will compete in the Jump Jam Idol competition in Christchurch next month.