Pukeoware Vipz head to North Island championships
A JUMP JAM team from Pukeoware School, the VIPz, has won a place in the North Island Regional Jump Jam competition and will travel to Tauranga to compete this weekend.
The VIPz will be one of over 220 teams (1850 primary school children) from all over New Zealand competing in the JUMP JAM Regional Competitions. This is the largest aerobic competition held in New Zealand for school students this year.
JUMP JAM is a primary school aerobics fitness programme created 16 years ago by Brett Fairweather, twice World Aerobic Champion, eight times New Zealand Aerobic Champion, under his company, Kidz Aerobix. Brett’s extensive fitness industry qualifications equipped him to develop safe effective routines for children. JUMP JAM is now implemented in over 2,000 primary schools throughout New Zealand.
“I have been delighted at the enthusiasm for JUMP JAM,” says Brett. “Kids absolutely love it. There is no doubt that children are more sedentary these days and I believe this is a very effective way to increase the time they spend in aerobic movement and to help fight today’s child obesity problem.”
While participation in JUMP JAM makes all children winners the regional competition provides an opportunity for school teams to work together towards a goal, and to experience the satisfaction that is derived from group success and travelling together to participate. “We will have teams from Auckland to Wellington competing in the JUMP JAM North Island Regional Competition,” says Brett.
Pukeoware School is very excited to be a finalist in the JUMP JAMP Competition again this year. “The team has been practicing hard since early this year, and have worked just as hard to raise funds to get to Tauranga”, says team coach Tina Taylor.  “We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us on our way”.

The VIPz performed at Waiuku’s Blast to the Past on Saturday, providing a great opportunity to perform in front of a large crowd before the competition this week.