Stacking gains popularity
A primary school's newest sport is stacking up to be a hit.
Anchorage Park School introduced the sport of speed stacking to its pupils in July and the students have taken to it with zeal.
The school has a roll of 142 students and more than 40 have taken up speed stacking.
The two teachers who co-ordinate the activity, Trish Smith and Karen Bell, say it's outstanding considering they have only been running the sport for one full term.
It was principal Lynne Keohane who brought stacking to the teachers' attention and they were a bit hesitant at first.
"We had to Google it because really who knows what speed stacking is or that it is a sport, but it is - there is even national team," Mrs Smith says.
The national speed stacking team Black Stacks was selected this year to compete in the 2013 World Sport Stacking Championships in the United States.
The students at Anchorage Park are not quite up to national speed but Mrs Smith says they have been making huge gains on their original times.
"We had some kids in our group who really struggled, they were taking upwards of 15 seconds to just stack a six-stack and now they have got it down pat."
The sport improves hand-eye co-ordination, right and left brain activation and self-esteem.
"You don't have to be particularly athletic to do it so it levels the playing field for kids who aren't so good at traditional sports."
Ten-year-old Caitlyn Moodley hopes the intermediate she will attend next year has speed stacking so she can keep playing.
"It is interesting for us to learn to do all these things that are a bit different and are challenging but a lot of fun," she says. "First it was just something new but now I know the strategy and want to keep getting better times."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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