‘Brilliant’ performance claims top title
The Waihopai School Jump Jam team returned home national champions after taking out first place in the top section at a recent contest.
The team, Bonisch Waihopai Magic, won the Advanced Open section of the Jump Jam National Championships with their routine, called Magik 2.0.
Teacher Linda Compton said the group of 12 girls, in years 4 to 6, were ‘‘very excited but very, very tired’’ following the competition.
‘‘I’m super proud, I’m really proud of how they performed so well. It was nearly flawless.
‘‘Everyone was absolutely amazing at the competition.’’
It was motivating for the students to watch other groups from throughout New Zealand perform and show support for one another, she said.
‘‘It was an amazing experience even without the win.’’
The school qualified for nationals after their success the previous year, winning the open category at regionals in Christchurch.
Jump Jam creator and head judge Brett Fairweather said the competition was a battle, but teams from Waihopai School were top contenders most years.
‘‘They killed it really, they were brilliant.’’
Fairweather gave credit to Linda Compton for the children’s success. ‘‘She’s one of those amazing coaches ... she’s a goldmine that woman.’’
The team’s win came down to passion from both Compton and the students, he said.
‘‘They were amazing, they deserve their win.’’
He was impressed by the students’ high amount of energy and precision, with a score of 96.28 out of 100.
Teams were judged on costume, how precise, sharp and energetic their routines were, as well as creative changes, meaning how they put ‘‘their own spin’’ on the routines.
Jump Jam teaches students to be confident performing, and keeps them fit, but fun was the biggest motivator for children, he said.
It was now used in about 2000 New Zealand schools and the standard of talent at competitions was increasing over time.
More than 1000 competitors from about 90 schools throughout the country competed at nationals at Westlake Boys High School in Auckland on Saturday.
Members of the Waihopai School Jump Jam team after their win at nationals.