Jumping can take you places

  • The Bermuda team at the World Championships in Florida.

    The Bermuda team at the World Championships in Florida.

By Crystal Holdipp

Skipping is a good fitness activity for anybody. The jump rope can be used just for fun or it can be used to compete showing the tricks and speed that jumpers have.

Young Bermuda jumpers from the Jump 2 B Fit team had a great experience in the world championships in Florida.

Coach Sionna Barton said: “Personally it was my second time going as representative from Bermuda to the championships. I went to see what it was about and I fell in love with it. I wanted to take a team the following year (this year).”

Several countries came to the world championships to take part in the jump rope sport.

Twelve-year-old Rylee Gardner said: “It was the best experiences that I’ve had. It was great meeting people from all around the world that love what I do.”

Many of the children were inspired by other skippers that made them want to become a jumper.

Eleven-year-old Carissa da Silva expressed that her inspirations are Coach Sionna, Nick Whitter, Shawn Hamilton and Tory Boggs.

She said: “Coach Sionna pushes us to do our best. Nick always has a positive attitude and encourages her to have a positive attitude. Shawn places a lot of confidence in young jumpers.”

Sophia Richmond, age 15, won 2nd and 3rd in the world championships.

She said: “It was a lot of fun and I got to meet a lot of people around the world and I can’t wait to next year.” Sophia joined Jump 2 B Fit after doing a workshop. The young jumper said: “It’s been a great opportunity and I thank everybody that supported us in this journey.”

This was the first time for Somersfield Star Squad to jump internationally on a world stage.

Ms Barton said: “The children ate it up, they absolutely loved it. The great thing about the sport as competitive as it is, it’s very caring and sharing.” The children were broken into skill levels and had to intermix with jumpers from around the world and worked with them for three days.

Yusef Bushara, age 11, who started jumping at ten years old said: “I like freestyle, it’s basically putting all the tricks you know into one thing.”

The children remember a saying that Coach Sionna told them “It’s hard until it’s easy.” That saying has stuck with some of the children and they have been practicing at least four times a week including sit-ups, push-ups, warming up and stretching.

The Star Squad lovingly gave all their Bermuda T- Shirts to the children on the teams of Kenya and Tanzania as a way for the two teams to treasure the friendships they made with the Bermuda team. Some of the squad jumpers gave even more of their belongings to the Kenya and Tanzania teams.

Ms Barton said: “I was extremely proud of them!”

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Published Jul 30, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm)

Jumping can take you places

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