Bermuda team jumping for joy in Norway
Bermuda’s adult jump rope team, the Bermy Bounce Backs, took home a haul of medals from the World Jump Rope Championships in Oslofjord, Norway.
The Bounce Backs, consisting of Kendia Gill, Lawriette Thomas, Safiya Dyer, Keitha Hodgson and coached by Toni Dickerson, competed against 27 other countries to claim podium finishes in every event they entered in the 30 and over age category.
Gold was secured in the 30 second single rope speed relay and a silver in the four-jumper double Dutch speed relay, with bronze medals following in the 30-second single-rope double- under relay and three-member double-Dutch Speed relay.
The women have come together twice a week from October to June to train in different elements of jump, including old school double dutch to intricate freestyle routines to endurance-based speed events, preparing for the competition.
“Our Bermudian athletes have medalled in every competition we have competed in, it is about time our community shows support for these dynamic youth and adult jumpers,” said Sionna Barton, the Bermuda Jump Rope Federation chairman
“As many adults face health disparities, we believe jump rope offers a highly effective and fun exercise.
“Engaging in physical activity also helps to relieve stress, and provides fulfilling social engagement.”