Mentone Girls’ Grammar dominated the competition at the Australian Schoolaerobics, Dancestar & Glee National Championships on the Gold Coast at the weekend, winning a staggering 19 medals. 

The School was represented by 63 students from Years 5 – 12, winning 13 gold, 5 silver and 1 bronze medal during the three-day event, making it their most successful competition at Nationals to date.

Head of Sport, Ms Libby Lewin said, “Just to qualify for Nationals, our students had to compete against 800 schools Australia-wide so to medal at Nationals is a huge achievement. The high calibre of performance and professionalism our girls displayed throughout the competition was fantastic and even though the few who didn’t medal at Nationals received extremely high scores.”

Renowned for its comprehensive sports program, Mentone Girls’ Grammar offers aerobics and dance as an extra-curricular activity for students from Year 3 onwards.

Ms Lewin said, “Aerobics and dance are one of the most popular sections in our sports department. The numbers continue to increase every year with more and more students participating in the preliminary rounds. With the technical expertise of Jess Hayes, our Head Coach, we are now regarded as one of the best schools in Australia.

“Jess’ enthusiasm and energy is infectious and that really translates to our student’s performances on stage. Most of them learn everything, from proper technique to choreography, from Jess and our coaches, many of whom are past students. 

“A highlight was seeing our 2016 Sports Captain, Bridget Gertzel, who blitzed at Nationals for the past seven years, win another gold medal in the ‘Old Skool’ category, as well as mentor our only Junior soloist, Abbey Fink, who placed first in the ‘Primary Creative Singles’ category. There is a real sense of pride and passing it each through the generations at Mentone Girls’ Grammar,” said Ms Lewin.

Other highlights included winning the ‘Secondary Mega Team Category’, that involved 33 students dancing the story of Aladdin, as well as placing second in the ‘Secondary Jazz Team Large’ with a rendition of Boogie Wonderland.

Ms Lewin said, “It was wonderful to see students, who hadn’t even placed or qualified the previous year, win a gold medal at this year’s Nationals. It was a demonstration of true grit, determination, passion and teamwork.”

Results:

Secondary Junior lyrical audition
2nd Hailey Shepherd

Secondary Junior jazz audition
4th Amber Shepherd

Secondary Yellow Pairs
4th Maddie & Ella

Secondary Junior Downtempo Solo
2nd Hailey Shepherd

Secondary Glee Audition
1st Lily Walker

Secondary Glee Solo
1st Lily Walker

Primary Creative Singles
1st Abbey Fink

Secondary duos
1st Hailey & Amber
7th Lily & Emily

Secondary Jazz Team Large
2nd Boogie Wonderland

Secondary Mega Troupe
1st Aladdin

Old Skool Blue Singles
1st Bridget Gertzel

Secondary Junior Athlete Audition
1st Jade Lilley
6th Emily Stewart

Secondary Senior Athlete Audition
1st Ash Ford

Secondary Stage 1 Open
3rd Glamour Girls
5th Firecrackers
6th Sparkling Diamonds

Secondary Blue Pairs
1st Lily & Nat

Secondary Orange Pairs
1st Molly & Summer

Secondary Creative Singles
2nd Krista Cornwell
1st Nikki Dulberg

Secondary Orange Singles
1st Ellie Wightman

Secondary Senior Blue Singles
1st Lily Wightman

Secondary Stage 2
2nd Elimination
 

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