Athletes from across New Zealand will jump to popular movie songs

Athletes at the Jumps to Music 2020 event. Photo/Supplied.

Athletes from all over New Zealand will jump to movie soundtracks at Hāwera.

Jumps to Music is an interactive meeting organized by Hāwera Athletics where athletes jump to their favorite songs. The event has been running for eight years and Hāwera Athletics coach Ed Fern said this year will be the biggest event yet.

“We have 39 athletes competing from across the country. It’s amazing because there are only high and long jump events.”

Each year the event has a different theme.

“Last year the theme was the 1980s. The athletes dressed up and jumped to some great music. It’s great to see the athletes getting involved, they enjoy the different themes. This year’s theme is movie madness and athletes will jump to songs that have been used in movies.”

Ed says that although the event is free, a donation of gold coins would be appreciated.

“We will have club members walking around with a collection bucket for gold coin donations. It goes back to Hāwera Athletics Committee. They have been huge supporters of the event.”

Each coach and athlete receives a gift bag.

“These are donated by Hāwera Automotive. They have always been on board and helped us.”

Ed says he believes the event features some of New Zealand’s greatest jumpers.

“We have four Taranaki jumpers who are all from Hāwera Athletics. This is Laura Hockly who won the triple jump and long jump at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics competition in September, Kane de Vries who finished third in the triple jump at the same competition, and Ashley Bennett who has a personal best of 6.04 meters for the long jump, and Michelle Farmer.”

He says other athletes who will be delighted to see are Hamish Kerr from Canterbury who is tied for the New Zealand high jump record at 2.30m and long jumper Matthew Wyatt from Auckland.

“It’s an event not to be missed, there is a great line-up of athletes.”

■ Jumps to Music 8: Wednesday January 27 at Hicks Park, Hawera from 5pm. Eftpos available for food and drink purchases. Admission is free but a donation of gold coins would be appreciated.

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