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New Zealand Hoopfest Spins It Up

New Zealand Hoopfest

New Zealand Hoopfest: Photo by Tawny Alma

[Guest blogger Anne-Marie Emerson gives us the hoop scoop on the New Zealand Hoopfest/a>]

by Anne-Marie Emerson

The New Zealand hooping community came together for the second annual New Zealand HoopFest, held in the beautiful setting that is the Brookfields Outdoor Education Centre in Wainuiomata, near Wellington. The event attracted 75 hoopers from throughout New Zealand and all around the globe. Organizer Claire French of Frenchy Productions – known to everyone affectionately as “Frenchy” – says she was delighted to be able to bring international hoop stars to the event this year as well. “It’s been great to have so many super-skilled people here. Kenna Hoops is a friend of mine from the UK. She contacted me and said she was coming over this side of the world and would love to come and teach. Lisa Lu is from Germany, but she’s been doing work placement here in New Zealand. And KaytiBunny came all the way from the States.”

World Hoop Day Spins New Zealand

Anne-Marie Emerson Hooping In Palmerston North on the north island of New Zealand, hoopers marked World Hoop Day in The Square and as young and old were giving hooping a go, the Manawatu Standard was there taking it all in. Anne-Marie Emerson, who has been spinning things up for about nine months, organized the event and actively promoted it in Whanganui where she lives. “I could never hoop as a kid,” she explained. “I read about it online and thought I’d give it a go. I saw some videos and thought, ‘I’ve got to try that.'” Now Emerson teaches hooping classes in Whanganui and came to Palmerston North on Saturday hoping to grow more interest with members of Massey University’s Fire Club and the Swamp City roller derby club. “It’s a very accessible form of fitness. “It’s a lot of fun,” Anne-Marie noted, explaining that hooping is great for building core muscle strength, as well as being low-impact cardio fitness and best of all, adding, “It’s exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise.”