Success At The National Jump Rope and Speed competition 2016
Year 8's Talitha tells us more about her experience at the competition and how she got into this unusual sport!
I got into jump rope a very weird way! My Mom worked late on Wednesdays and I would have to do an afterschool club. The only club available was a jump rope club - fortunately for me! I progressed quicker than the others in the club and got asked to join the team - of course I said yes!
I carried on progressing quickly and got asked to do my first competition, and after doing well I was invited onto the competition team. Later, I got asked to do World Jump Rope 2015 and I jumped at the chance! After a very good competition, I was then invited to do Nationals this year.
In jump rope there are two different fields: Speed and Freestyle, both of which are then broken down into more categories which are then split into events.
Speed: 3 minute, 30 seconds, 30 seconds Double Unders and Double Dutch.
3 minute: Masters.
30 seconds speed is broken down into: Masters, Pairs and 4x30 Relay.
30 seconds Double Unders: Masters and Pairs.
Freestyle: Double Dutch and Single Rope.
Double dutch is broken into: 3 Double Dutch and Fusion.
Single rope: Masters, Pairs and 4 Single Rope.
I compete in all of these but Freestyle is my best field.
I came 7th in my freestyle, 14th in my my speed, 1st in my 4 single rope and 3rd in my three double dutch so a good competition - overall in our club we got 92 medals!
This year my father and I went up on the train from Birmingham International to Glasgow International. I competed on the Saturday only, first in my Double Unders and then my 3 Minute, followed by my 30 Second Speed. I then competed in Freestyle starting with my Masters. Next was Pairs with Courtney, and finally my 3 Double Dutch. I then supported my team for the rest of the day and again on Sunday ( I also watched a bit of Netflix!)