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Jumping into Idol final
Energised: Cromwell Jump Jam star
Emily White will compete in the Jump
Jam Idol competition in Christchurch
By EMMA DAWE
Goldfields Primary School pupil
Emily White is one of only six
children selected from throughout
the South Island to compete in the
Jump Jam Idol in Christchurch
And for the third year in a row,
Goldfields Primary School will
also be represented at the
championships, with two teams,
coached by teacher Rebecca
Barrow and principal Sharon
Booth, competing in the teams
As part of the competition, Emily
had to video herself doing a Jump
Jam routine, where she had to
pretend she was an instructor
leading the routine.
She said doing the routine was
easy, but because she was the
instructor she had to do all of the
moves the opposite way she was
used to, which was a bit tricky.
The talented youngster only found
out three weeks ago she had made
the cut, and was very excited,
having practised the routine for
two months. She said she loved
doing Jump Jam, which was a
form of aerobics for children, as
she loved aerobics and dancing.
She also does tap-dancing and has
done jazz and hip-hop dancing in
Emily was part of the Goldfields
team that finished third in the
championships last year and
would also be part of one of the
two teams competing this year --
the day after her individual
Mrs Booth said she was delighted
with the pupils' results and said
they had been rewarded for their
commitment and the hard work
they had put into Jump Jam.
The whole school took part in
Jump Jam as part of its fitness
Mrs Booth said they all enjoyed it,
which was reflected in the
number of pupils willing to
practise in their own time for the
She said it was ''super'' Emily had
made the finals and she also
wanted to mention another pupil,
Ryan Hardy, 10, who won his
section of the Jump Jam Idol.
Unfortunately there won't be a
regional final in his section
because of a lack of entries.
Speed fans take to the water in Balclutha
The Lake Dunstan leg of the race,
a race from the Clutha River
outlet on Lake Wanaka to Old
Cromwell Town, will start at
2.30pm on October 11.
The best sites to watch the race
have been identified as the
Bendigo Boat Ramp, the
Cromwell bridge and lookout and
at Old Cromwell.
By CHE BAKER
Racing on water at speeds of up to
210kmh is an adrenaline rush not
to be missed for the 22 jet boat
drivers taking part in the 2012
New Zealand Jet Boat Marathon.
Jet boating enthusiasts from
across New Zealand will compete
against each other in 14 stages
being held across Otago and
Southland in a bid to recorded the
The event will kick off in
Balclutha on Saturday and will
move to Beaumont, Tuatapere,
Lumsden, Glendu Bay and Crom-
well before finishing in Glenorchy
on October 12.
Event organiser Tim Guthrie said
each different river would be an
exciting challenge for the racers.
''A mix of wide open racing and
very technical shallow rivers will
make this a truly memorable
event in the holy grail of jet boat
river racing,'' Mr Guthrie said.
''This event is a long haul with
over 750 kilometres of racing over
five days which will test the
reliability of their boats and the
mental toughness of the competi-
Cromwell racer Kruse Davidson
would be the only local racer
competing in the event this year.
The competition has also attrac-
ted the strongest contingent of
overseas racers since the 2005
World Marathon with registra-
tions from Canada and the US.
The championships will double as
a trial run for the 2013 UIM World
Jet Boat River Racing Marathon
held in New Zealand next year.
Locals to play with Ko
Star risen: Lydia Ko
during her last
in March at Arrowtown's
NZ PGA Pro-Am
Championship hosted at
The Hills this year.
Lydia Ko is jetting
into Queenstown for a
charity match this
weekend -- and the
lawyer who is hosting
the match didn't
realise Ko would be
such a huge star when
scheduling the game
only months ago.
The game was organ-
ised during Queens-
town's Winter Festival
in June, when the
Queenstown Coastguard organ-
ised a charity auction with a prize
of two rounds of golf with 15-year-
old Ko up for grabs.
Queenstown law firm GTodd Law
owner Graeme Todd was one of
the winning bidders, and has
given the opportunity to play with
Ko to six of his clients.
Since June Ko's profile has
Her rapid rise to golf's upper
echelons began with stunning
victory at the Canadian Open last
month, where, as an amateur, she
steamrollered a field including 19
of the top 20 professionals, two
weeks after winning
the prestigious US
Commenting on Ko's
great Tiger Woods suggested Ko
was a better player at 15 than he
had been at the same age.
''Of course we didn't know how
huge she would be now, when her
appearance was secured, and we
are very excited that she will be
here with us on Saturday. I think
some of the guys are a bit nervous
about the prospect of being
seriously beaten by a 15 year old, ''
Mr Todd said.
NZ PGA Pro-Am Championship
director Michael Glading has
officially offered Ko a place in the
four-round professional men's
event next year.
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