Girls leap to finals with stylish steps
Salford girls place third in national preliminaryTERRI RUSSELL
Salford School has "stylishly stepped" its way to the Jump Jam finals in Christchurch next weekend after placing third nationally in the preliminary competition.
Jump Jam combines fitness and dance and has become common in schools throughout New Zealand.
Stylish Salford Steppers coach Linda Compton said the Salford School team, made up of eight girls, had been training since March for their first performance.
The first stage of the competition involved a video of their performance. The team placed first in the years 4 to 6 category in the South Island and third nationally for its video.
The girls are to compete in the South Island finals in Christchurch next weekend and could compete in the national finals in Auckland in October.
The team had worked together on choreography, costumes and acting, Ms Compton said.
"They've worked really hard, they'll be really good. It's all about having fun."
There would be more than 50 schools from throughout New Zealand at the finals, she said.
Team member Tayla Muir, 9, said she was excited but nervous to compete.
Jump Jam was a great way to meet other age groups and work together as a team, she said.
Team member Emma Faherty, 9, said doing so well in the video round boosted the team's confidence.
The best thing about Jump Jam was "being able to express yourself and have the time of your life", she said.
Jump Jam was developed by two-time world aerobics champion Brett Fairweather, who personally taught the system to thousands of school teachers in New Zealand.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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