Skipping ropes whistling through the air, thumping of feet hitting the floor, and an automated voice giving skippers direction were some of the sounds at I.E Weldon Secondary School’s gym on May 2.
Nearly 700 students from 20 elementary and secondary schools competed at the annual Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) Skipping Competition. Students competed in three categories; speed rope, double under, and double dutch, judged on their skipping abilities.
Students, dressed in their school’s jersey, marched into the gym with their respective schools just before 10 a.m., as parents and friends sat in the stands eager to watch the participants skip to the beat. After a short introduction, the competition got under way.
While the skippers skipped, numerous I.E. Weldon students volunteered to click, counting each right foot hit the ground.
Even though this was a competition and some students finished on the podium, every student went home a winner; feeling both happy and proud of their accomplishments – who knows, some may have even made new, long-lasting friendships during the day.
And as Lexie Van Kooten says “skipping is for everyone, all you need is running shoes.”
Congratulations to all skippers and thank you to the many volunteers!