Jor­dana wins fit­ness gold

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

While many chil­dren her age are slumped in front of the tele­vi­sion a Tawa girl has just won a Welling­ton fit­ness com­pe­ti­tion.

Jor­dana Brack­en­bury, 11, has just com­peted in the 2016 NZIFBB Welling­ton Cham­pi­onship Com­pe­ti­tion held at Welling­ton High School.

‘‘It was re­ally good but I was very ner­vous at the start be­cause there were about 800 peo­ple watch­ing me,’’ she said.

The chil­dren’s sec­tion was a new cat­e­gory at the com­pe­ti­tion, which is the re­gion’s main body build­ing event, and saw con­tes­tants com­pete with a 90 sec­ond rou­tine show­ing off their fit­ness and flex­i­bil­ity.

Win­ning was a big sur­prise, the Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate pupil said.

‘‘I was scared I wasn’t go­ing to re­mem­ber my rou­tine but I did amd I’m proud of my­ medal is huge and I got to take it home.’’

Jor­dana has danced since she was 3 years old and starred in the 2014 World of Wear­able Arts Show.

She said al­though she en­joys all styles of danc­ing in­clud­ing bal- let and jazz her new found pas­sion is the ‘Acro’ style.

‘‘It’s what the acro­bats do, up high on the silks and it’s about be­ing flex­i­ble and do­ing tricks.’’

Her mother An­gela Clark said acro was a style of dance that com­bined clas­si­cal dance tech­nique with pre­ci­sion ac­ro­batic el­e­ments.

The skills Jor­dana used in the dance al­lowed her to com­pete con­fi­dently in the com­pe­ti­tion, she said.

‘‘It’s a re­ally positive sport for young girls who learn that bod­ies can be fit and healthy, it’s not judged on looks.’’

Jor­dana said her fit­ness rou­tine con­sisted of a range of strength and flex­i­bil­ity ex­er­cises chore­ographed by her trainer Sally White.

‘‘She’s the per­son that in­spires me and she’s my idol’’.

White won the Women’s Fit­ness sec­tion at the com­pe­ti­tion and would be com­pet­ing with Jor­dana at the National Cham­pi­onships held in Welling­ton in Oc­to­ber.

The Porirua wo­man said she was hon­oured to be named as the per­son in­spir­ing Jor­dana in her com­pe­ti­tions.

‘‘That’s just so sweet, that’s re­ally re­ally lovely.’’

White said she was a dance teacher for about nine years and is now a per­sonal trainer help­ing dancers reach their full po­ten­tial.

She took first over­all in the com­pe­ti­tion last year and said she hoped to do it again this year.

Jor­dana Brack­en­bury won a gold medal in the chil­dren’s sec­tion at a Welling­ton fit­ness com­pe­ti­tion.

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