Assisted High Jump
One of the most dramatic new field events will be the assisted high jump in
which the high jumper is assisted by a partner. While a time-limit of three
seconds is set on the assistance time of the jump itself, take-off is not
restricted to one foot as it is with the normal high jump, and any bodily
method of assistance can be employed. It is expected that an exciting range
of assisted jumping methods will emerge at the New Zealand Fringe Games in
Christchurch. The assisted jump has been described as "your classic 12
foot perimeter fence escape leap. Undoubtedly this event will be a big hit
with prisoners right round the world," joked a sports consultant recently.
While many methods of performing this jump are expected to be seen at the
first Fringe Games, most are likely to be based on techniques used in
sports acrobatics, a branch of gymnastics in which the exercises are
performed in pairs (or groups of three or four). Jump assistance is most
likely to come in the form of the classic two-handed front pitch but
variations may include a foot-to-foot shunt, or a run-up with an anterior
ascent followed by a leaping thrust from the head and shoulder.
Although the jumper is likely to be light and lean, and his or her partner
may be more solidly built, no more than a 15cm height difference between
the two members of the team is allowed. A ruling on shoes is still pending.
As well as a men's and women's event, there will also be a mixed event.