Acro Ropers jump for joy at nationals

Acro Ropers Submitted photo The Brampton Acro Ropers had a terrific medal haul at the recent nationala championships in Abbotsford B.C. Individual medalists from left: Jake Whyte, Elizabeth Mathai, Armaan Walani, Caleb Mathai, Keagan Dunne and coach Heather Halliday

The Brampton Guardian - July 17th 2014

BRAMPTON—The Brampton Acro Ropers competitive rope skipping team returned from Abbotsford B.C. and the recent national championships with plenty of reasons to smile.

Athletes who had qualified from the provincials were eligible for the Rope Skipping Canada (RSC) National Competition held over four days, with competition in team and masters (or individual) events. These included speed and power events and freestyle routines that are choreographed to music.

Nine Brampton Acro Ropers and head coach Heather Halliday returned with medals. The mixed team of Caleb and Elizabeth Mathai, Heather Tyner and Claire Smith won six of eight team events and claimed the gold medal for the 12 to 14 age group.

Individually, Elizabeth Mathai placed first in the female 10 and 11 age group. Keagan Dunne placed third for the boys. Jake Whyte defended his national title, winning gold in the 12 to 14 division. Teammate Caleb Mathai was a close second. Armaan Walani won the bronze medal in male 15 to 17.

Other top finishers in the individual results included Thomas Rewa (sixth in males 15 to 17), Krystal Veldhoen (seventh in female 18 to 29) and Caitlin Bergin (13th in female 15 to 17).

The Brampton Acro Ropers practice from September to June, three nights per week in preparation for competition locally, provincially, nationally and at world championships. Three members from the team will be competing in Florida this summer a World Rope competition.

Anyone interested in the team should check the website bramptonacroropers.com.