Jump Rope Team To Compete In Orlando

June 29, 2018

Bermuda’s National Jump Rope Team will compete on a global stage next month at the World Jump Rope Championships in Orlando, Florida from July 2 to July 6.

A spokesperson said, “Our youth team the Bermy Bouncers [students are made up of female and male youth ranging in age from 9 y/o to 16 y/o] will be joined by our adult competitive team the Bermy Bounce Backs. Both teams will be competing in power based speed events and a variety of freestyle events against athletes from over 32 other countries.

“Bermy Bouncers include Yusef Bushara, 16 [Somersfield Academy], Judah Smith-Dyer, 13 [Dellwood] Caterina Russo, 12 [Whitney Institute] Xade Ingemann-Whitter, 10 [St. Georges Prep] Chaiya Saint-Dyer, 15 [CedarBridge Academy] Ajani Robinson, 14 [Mount Saint Agnes] and D’Angelo Williams, 9[West Pembroke Primary].

“Bermy Bounce Backs include Kendia Gill, Lawriette Thomas, Safiya Dyer, and Sionna Barton.

“The Head Coach is Sionna Barton.”

Jump Rope Team Bermuda June 2018

“Jump rope is one of the fastest growing sports on island and is on track for becoming the newest National Sport Governing Body [NSGB] which will formally recognize it as a sport on island.”

Sionna Barton, BDAJRF Chairman/Head Coach, said, “Our Bermudian athletes have medaled in every competition we have competed in. It is about time our community shows support for these dynamic youth and adult jumpers.”

“Our jumpers train 3 times a week for 3 hours comprising of a mix of strength, conditioning and endurance training as well as working to enhance their single rope, double dutch, speed and freestyle jump skills. Although the sport may be a new one, and not one widely recognized, the hard work, discipline and dedication put forth by these Bermudian youth is something that should be highly recognized.

“Our team takes what other athletes use as a conditioning tool and makes a sport of it. Jump rope is one of the most physically challenging sports there is, and these youth AND adults are planning to represent our island proudly.

“The teams will compete in the following categories:

Speed & Power Events [Athletes jump for a set period of time to see how many jumps they can get done]

  • 30 second single rope speed
  • 30 second single rope speed relay [4 jumpers]
  • 30 second single rope double under relay [2 jumpers]
  • 3 minute single rope speed
  • Double Dutch Speed Relay [4 jumpers]

Freestyle Events [Athletes combine a series of different skills into a routine to compete withi a set time limit. Events range in style and number of ropes and jumpers used]

  • Single Rope freestyle
  • Single Rope Pairs Freestyle [2 jumpers]
  • Chinese Wheel [2 jumpers]

“For further information on our representing jumpers and/or on the program, follow the program on Facebook or don’t hesitate to contact us.

“For further info on World Jump Rope, visit the website. Also check out our 2016 Jump 2B Fit Documentary.”

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