St Mary’s Catholic School’s boys’ team are national champions after winning the boys’ section in the recent Jump Jam National competition at Christchurch.
The 11 boys, aged 9-11, performed their winning routine to Greased Lightning at the competition on November 6.
Coach Kim Artus says competing in the nationals is a huge undertaking. “Fundraising is needed, as well as nine months of practice to get the teams to a competitive level. “Costuming has to be organised, routines choreographed and learned.”
St Mary’s had three teams, consisting of 40 children, attend the Christchurch competition, which Kim says is the biggest contingent from any school outside Christchurch.
“By getting a first and a second, we were the most successful school at the Jump Jam competition,” says Kim. “It’s the third year in a row St Mary’s has had that honour.”
St Mary’s has been doing Jump Jam competitively since 2008, while Kim has been the coach of 16 teams since 2009. “Since then we have won three national titles and six North Island titles, as well as five seconds and two thirds.
“To put that in perspective, we are the second most successful school in Jump Jam.
“By comparison for example, Omanu, who have been competing since 2006, have one title. So it just shows you how you really value the win.”
The competition is intense, says Kim. “So to get any success is a mark of pure quality and months of hard work by coaches and parents.”
More than 90 teams New Zealand-wide competed in the Jump Jam National competition on November 6.
Tauranga was represented by St Mary’s Catholic School, Omanu Primary School, Mount Maunganui Intermediate School and Greenpark School.
St Mary’s Catholic School junior Year 1-4 team placed second in the Open Section, while Greenpark School’s Year 4-6 team won third in the Novice Section.
Omanu Primary School’s Omanu Pumpers won the Year 4-6 X-Factor Mixed section.
2015 National results:
CHALLENGE NATIONAL RESULTS:
YEAR 1, 2, 3 & 4 NOVICE
1st: Amberley School, Amberley Butterflies
2nd: Paparoa Street School, Paparoa St Movers and Shakers
3rd: Avonhead School, Absolutely Avonhead
YEAR 4 - 6 NOVICE
1st: Western Heights School, Western Wildcats
2nd: Green Bay School, Punk Stars
3rd: Greenpark School, Epic Dimensions
YEAR 7 - 8 NOVICE
1st: Feilding Intermediate, FIS Jammers
2nd: Highfield School, Highfield Swagger Jaggers
3rd: Waiau Pa School, Waiau Pa Army Chickz
YEAR 4 - 8 ALL BOYS
1st: St Mary’s Catholic School (TGA), St Mary’s Boys Team
2nd: Omanu School, Omanu Boys
3rd: Halswell School, Otumatua Awesomeness
YEAR 1, 2, 3 & 4 OPEN
1st: Pinehill School, Pinehill Happy Feet Jump Jammers
2nd: St Mary’s Catholic School (TGA), St Mary’s Junior Team
3rd: Waihopai School, Waihopai Junior Jump Jam Stars
YEAR 4 - 6 Open
1st: College Street Normal School, CSNS Jammers
2nd: Halswell School, Halswell Year 5/6
3rd: Ngongotaha Primary School, Ngongotaha Movers
YEAR 7 & 8 OPEN
1st: Te Kura O Te Paroa, Mystical
2nd: Heaton Normal Intermediate, Vanilla Heat
3rd: Amberley School, Amberley Year 7/8
STRICTLY NATIONAL RESULTS:
1st: Te Totara Primary School, Te Totara Stars
2nd: Mairehau Primary School, Mairehau Jammers 2.0
3rd: Ashley School, Ashley Jammers
X-FACTOR NATIONAL RESULTS:
Year 4 - 6 X-Factor Mixed
1st: Omanu, Omanu Pumpers
2nd: Richmond Primary, Team PJ
3rd: Darfield School, Darfield Dynamo’s
Year 7 - 8 X-Factor Mixed
1st: Selwyn House School, The Boogie Girls
2nd: Awakeri Primary School, Absolutely Awakeri
3rd: Norsewood and Districts, Fab Four