‘Bril­liant’ per­for­mance claims top ti­tle

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

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.

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Mem­bers of the Wai­hopai School Jump Jam team af­ter their win at na­tion­als.

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