King's Skipperoos Compete at World Jump Rope Championships

Reedy Creek

The King's Skipperoos World Jump Rope Team travelled to Orlando, Florida during the holidays where they competed in a 5 day competition and a 2 day workshop. This was the largest World Jump Rope competition ever, with 1000 competitors from 32 countries. It was a fantastic experience. The skippers entered into some events that are not part of Australian competitions. In many cases our skippers were competing in age divisions much higher than their age achieving results that were outstanding.

The team included Addison Roughley, Annie Myburgh, Charlotte Mikkelson, Morgan Walker, Heidi Myburgh, Jasmine Hawkins, Miss Meteyard (coach and competitor) and Mrs Hawkins (manager and judge).

Addison, Annie, Charlotte and Morgan competed as a team in the 10 & under age division (they are 7,8 and 9 years of age). This team placed 2nd in the team freestyle event and 3rd in the 4 x 30 sec speed relay.

We also had some fantastic individual results:

Charlotte placed first and set a new Australian record for the 9-year-old 3 minute speed event. This record was previously set by her coach Miss Meteyard in 2002. Charlotte also placed 1st in 30 second speed and 5th in individual freestyle in her division.

Annie placed 6th in her individual freestyle event. Morgan (7 y/o) placed 9th in the 10&u individual freestyle. Addison placed 10th in 30 second speed and 10th in pairs freestyle with Charlotte.

Jasmine (14 y/o) competed with Elly Meteyard and placed 8th in the open age division pairs freestyle event. Elly placed 5th in her individual freestyle event. Jasmine placed 4th in her individual freestyle event.

Although our Skipperoos were competing in a different competition, with different rules and age groups we are very proud of their results.

In 2019 World Jump Rope will be held in Norway. 2020 will see a merge of the two main international skipping bodies (FISAC and WJR) and a new international competition will begin (IJRU) International Jump Rope Union. This competition will be held every second year and the 5 continents (Asia, Africa, Americas, Oceania, Europe) will each hold their continental event on the alternate years.

Skipping (Jump Rope as it's called internationally) is now at official 'Observer Status' with the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and has a clear pathway to becoming an Olympic sport, which is very exciting news. It was the only sport, out of many who applied, to be added to this level. This is very exciting news for our skippers at King's who now have the real possibility of becoming Olympic athletes in the future.

Term 3 Recreational and Competition Skipping

If you would like to join after school skipping, we have recreational and competition skipping after school at Reedy Creek for boys and girls, please contact Mrs Hawkins - skip@kingscollege.qld.edu.au

Mrs Hawkins, King's Skipperoos