The Brampton Guardian – July 3rd, 2013
Acro Ropers land Gold. The Brampton Acro Ropers competitive jump rope team earned a gold medal in overall Group Routine at the Canadian Rope Skipping Championships held recently at Brock University in St. Catharines.
The Brampton team sent 22 competitive athletes to compete in team and individual (masters) events during the three-day competition and had great success representing Ontario. Teams from B.C. to Nova Scotia qualified for the nationals at their provincials.
The gold medal group routine was make up of coach Kylie Matheson, Ellory Bruce, Laura Featherstone, Sarah Polstra, Erin Postma, Crystal Veldhoen, Thomas Rewa, Lillie Yatcok, Sydney van Engelen, Jilia Bincik, Caitlin Bergin and Jake Whyte.
The 12 to 14 year-old mixed team of Jersey Payne, Armaan Walani, Bergin and Yatco won the silver medal. The group of Caleb Mathai, Heather Tyner, Elizabeth Mathai and Claire Smith earned the bronze.
The 15 to 17 mixed team of Whyte, Bincik, Thomas Rewa, van Engelen and Postma also won silver. The senior girls, aged 18 to 29 team of Brittany Gillies, Olivia Bruce, Krista Simpson, Heather Halliday and Kylie Matheson placed second overall.
In overall individual results Rewa and Walani placed fourth and fifth respectively in the boys 12 to 14 group. Olivia Bruce and Crystal Veldhoen were fourth and sixth in senior. Whyte won gold while Gillies took a silver in their age groups.
Numerous Brampton athletes placed in the top six during individual masters events.
The team is now preparing for the World Jump Rope competition in Orlando this summer. They also continue to perform demonstrations and lead workshops to promote the sport.
Recreational and competitive teams are available for boys and girls ages 6 and older. For more information go to the website bramptonacroropers.com.