Skippers eye worlds in South Africa

The Brampton GuardianĀ  Thursday July 12 2007

BRAMPTON - Amy Chiappetta (left) and Kathleen O'Callaghan of Georgetown competed recently for the Brampton Acro Ropers in the National Rope Skipping Championships in Abbotsford B.C. As a club the Brampton team was highly successful, claiming two national champion gold medals in individual events. In team events, they took silver in 12-14 age division and gold plus 4th place in the 15-17 division.

Chiapetta's team won three out of eight team events in winning the overall gold for 15-17 year olds. O'Callaghan's team won two events and set a new national record in the double dutch speed relay, recording 324 skips in two minutes, breaking the old record of 311. Although fourth overall, they finished just two points short of the silver medal.

Hopes are high for next season when the Brampton team will be well positioned to have a number of its skippers qualify for Team Canada for the bi-annual world Championships, to be held in Cape Town South Africa in July 2008.