Hawera will be hosting New Zealand’s first Jump to the Music competition on 17 January 2014 at The Hub in Hawera. The competition will feature many of New Zealand’s top high jumpers and triple jumpers competing to music they have chosen specially for their own motivation.
Jumps to music competitions have been popular events for both athletes and fans in Europe since the 1970s and Hawera Athletic Club is bringing the innovative event to New Zealand.
The two most famous events occur each year in Germany, in Arnstadt and Eberstadt. Both events have seen World Records in the past as jumpers competed to music they have chosen to be played while they jumped.
The competition has struck a chord with New Zealand jumpers. The country's top male high jumper last season, Hawera’s own Regan Standing who has cleared 2.11, was the first athlete to commit to the event.
He will be challenged by six times NZ champion Auckland's Billy Crayford who has a personal best of 2.15.
Auckland’s Liz Lamb, who has jumped 1.90, and has competed at the famous Eberstadt event has indicated her desire to compete.
In the triple jump, brother and sister triple jumpers Scott and Anna Thomson out of Wellington are committed as well as some of the South Islands best including former National Triple Jump Champion Todd Swanson. There has also been interest from some of Australia’s top jumpers who will be announced once they have confirmed their entries.
Meeting director Ed Fern is encouraged by the interest in the format. “Athletes love this type of competition”, he said. “They get to pick music that really gets them going and the fans get into it as well. It makes for a great evening. That’s why we put it on Friday night at 5pm. It will be something to do after work and it will give our young athletes the chance to see some people who have competed on the world stage.
"We are starting with a junior long jump at 5pm, followed by the invitational triple jump for men and women and we’ll finish off with the invitational high jump. Spectators will be allowed to get in close to the competition and we hope create a great atmosphere for the athletes to jump well. So far everyone we have talked to in Hawera is excited to have Jumps to Music become an annual event" Fern added.
For further information email Ed Fern