The two Jump Jam teams from Awhitu District School (ADS) were awarded Runner Up New Zealand National Champions in their divisions at the 2017 National Jump Jam Championships.
The finals held at Westlake Boys High School at the end of October, with ADS Principal, Kristie Thomas, saying it was an outstanding achievement for their small school.
The teams had to qualify by sending a video entry into the preliminary rounds.
“The competition is open to hundreds of national primary and intermediate schools. There were over 1000 competitors on the day from schools as far away as Invercargill,” she said.
First to compete was the year 5 to year 8 all boys’ team, the Awhitu Freaks. Themed as military rebels, this is the first year Awhitu has had an All Boys Team. They were awarded Distinction in Presentation, Excellence in Technical Execution, and Excellence in Costume. Overall, they were second by only 1.2 marks, receiving a score of 86.7 from 100.
The second team, the Awhitu AllStars, competed in the year 7 and 8 Open Section, performing ‘Shake it Off.’ After two hours of hair, make up and preparation, they were ready to hit the stage. The girls received Distinction in Presentation, Distinction in Technical Execution, Distinction in Creativity, Merit in Costume and an extra award for Excellence in Sportsmanship. Overall, they also placed second by only 1.4 marks, receiving an incredible score of 96.1 from 100.
Both teams were coached by Kristie Thomas, who says she is incredibly proud of the students for their achievements.