Southland girls win national title
There are a lot of similarities between Brittany Harris and Shelton Shaw.
The girls are in the same class at Southland Girls' High School and both are aged 13, with birthdays only eight days apart.
They are also national aerobics champions.
The pair, performing as the Rebelz, won the aerobics intermediate school teams title at the New Zealand Competitive Aerobics Federation national school aerobics and hip-hop championships held in Dunedin during the weekend.
Shelton took home the 2013 aerobics intermediate individual title, which Brittany won last year. It is an impressive feat, considering the teens are most passionate about dance, spending most evenings training for ballet and jazz, with aerobics fitted in where possible.
Brittany and Shelton said they had performed, and won, together in a variety of teams during the past four years, but this year decided to go out on their own.
They choreographed their own routine, chose their own music and even designed their own outfits for the championship, Shelton said.
One of the biggest challenges was the elaborate hairstyles, comprising plaits and buns, which the girls had to sleep in during the weekend.
However, they both loved the sport, especially the colourful costumes and makeup used during competitions.
"I just love performing on stage," Shelton said.
Aerobics would now give way to preparations for a ballet competition this weekend.
Other Southlanders to come home from the championships with first prize were the Southland Boys' High School crew Sloth-a wok-eez, who won the primary/intermediate hip-hop final, and the Can Can Capers of St Theresa's School, who placed first in the aerobics primary teams final.
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