Norse­wood School in top 5 at Jump Jam com­pe­ti­tion

Bush Telegraph - - NEWS - By TONI TRENT Norse­wood coach

On Satur­day Novem­ber 27, Norse­wood and Districts’ School com­peted in the North Is­land Re­gional Jump Jam Cham­pi­onships in Tau­ranga.

Run by Brett and Linda Fairweather, this in­ter-school com­pe­ti­tion high­lights the best the North Is­land has to of­fer in a range of Jump Jam rou­tines.

The team of eight Norse­wood Valiant Vix­ens en­tered the Year 7-8 Chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion.

The girls chose one of the Jump Jam songs, She Bangs and had to change up to 25 per cent of the chore­og­ra­phy.

Changes such as tim­ing, rhythm, con­nec­tion — where the girls must link to­gether — height changes and a few of the girls’ own cre­ative changes were in­cluded.

The girls were coached by Norse­wood par­ents, Toni Trent and Sarena Mont­gomery. They also had two ex-Norse­wood pupils with a flair for Jump Jam, Fleur Trent and Brenna Lans­down, who gave up long week­ends and time dur­ing their school hol­i­days to come and help the girls per­fect their tech­nique.

Be­fore go­ing on stage, the girls were up early and were served a per­for­mance break­fast of ba­con and eggs, cooked by par­ent helpers. Their hair was styled by hair­dresser Sarena, from Coun­try Cut and Curls and their glam­orous make-up was at­tended to by yet more par­ents.

Hair and make-up has to ‘pop’ on stage, so the girls looked in­cred­i­ble. Cou­pled with their bright, colour­ful Latin-style dresses, the girls were ready to rock.

On stage, their faces came alive, their moves were in sync and the en­joy­ment they were hav­ing was there for all to see. The girls had to sing and chant on stage, as well as dance, to show their fit­ness.

“Brett gave us lots of huge smiles and thumbs up while he was judg­ing,” the girls said.

The Norse­wood Valiant Vix­ens man­aged a top five plac­ing, of which they were very proud.

They re­ceived spe­cial awards for sports­man­ship, cos­tume, cre­ativ­ity and pre­sen­ta­tion.

Jump Jam is a kids’ aer­o­bics pro­gramme owned by Brett Fairweather and de­liv­ered to schools all over New Zealand. The kids love the fit­ness, the song choices and the ‘cool’ moves. The com­pe­ti­tion pro­vides a means for chil­dren to work on their fit­ness over a long pe­riod of time, work on team­work, de­velop pride, build friend­ships and they get an op­por­tu­nity to per­form on stage in front of a huge au­di­ence.

The Norse­wood School Valiant Vix­ens at the North Is­land Jump Jam Com­pe­ti­tion.

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