WHS Jump Jam Crew - New Zealand Champions 

Earlier this year Western Heights had two teams qualify for the Jump Jam Nationals which were held in Christchurch this weekend.  There were over 110 teams (1200 primary school children) from all over New Zealand in the 10th JUMP JAM CHALLENGE National Competition. 

Our 'Ice Ice Baby' team were in Heat 1 of the Year 4-6 Novice Category. They went out and gave it everything they had, and  proved that they fully deserved to be there. They looked stunning in their costumes, and  came away with awards for Excellence in Costume, Excellence in Sportsmanship, and Excellence in Presentation.  These girls trained hard and they demonstrated true Western Heights spirit. 

The 'I Want It All!' team came out in the second heat and performed incredibly well. They represented Western Heights with pride, and won every award: Excellence in Technical Execution, Excellence in Creativity, Excellence in Costume, Excellence in Presentation, and Excellence in Sportsmanship.  Of the 19 teams in their category they were selected for the top 6.

The girls came out fighting in the final and they definitely stepped it up. They received standing ovations from all the judges (even making one of them cry!), and a majority of the crowd.  It really was exceptional. They took out first place making them the new New Zealand champs! 

We are extremely proud of both teams, their attitude and dedication has lead to this huge success. It has been a fantastic journey and experience for these girls. Go Western Heights!

I would like to pass on my personal, and WHS's collective, thanks to Kelley Head and Jenna Aalbers, our two outstanding coaches. They worked exceptionally hard - not just coaching, but planning, organising, managing, fundraising and a hundred other necessary tasks. 

They are both brilliant young women, wonderful role models and wonderful teachers. WHS is so very lucky to have them as part of our team.

Special thanks to all our wonderful parents who supported our girls in their endeavours and travels. Thanks too, to Sandy for her wonderful help with the outfits.

Our commiserations to Charlotte who trained so hard only to be denied by a horrible injury.

Our huge congratulations to both teams - you are all stars and I am sure you will not forget this experience for many years to come.

Our two crews will give a Command Performance at our final assembly of the year. They will be recognised for their achievements at tomorrow’s Whanau Time.

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