The Skipperoos, from left, Zoe Boothby, Carly Roder, Elly Beamer, Elly Palmer and Rheannon Hickey with some members of the Japa
The Skipperoos, from left, Zoe Boothby, Carly Roder, Elly Beamer, Elly Palmer and Rheannon Hickey with some members of the Japa

Nice? Skipperoos need killer instinct


FOR once, Rheannon Hickey was not disappointed about coming 10th.

The Yamba Skipperoo said the team produced its best-ever performance at the International Rope Skipping Federation World Championships in Toronto, Canada. The five Skipperoos, aged between 14 and 15, competed in the 12-17 years age division in eight events.

The team, coached by Peter Hickey, of Yamba, finished 10th out of 23 teams, but beat its personal best points score.

"There were 17 countries and more than 800 kids competing," Mr Hickey said.

"Places like America and Hun- gary ? they treat their skippers like the Australian swim team."

Mr Hickey said the team ? Rheannon, Zoe Boothby, Carly Roder, Elly Beamer and Elly Palmer ? may have been 'too nice'.

"They need to get more killer in them, they are too nice," he said.

Rheannon said the girls had become best friends and made friends with skipping teams from different countries, including Japan and the United States.

"We train twice a week and coming into the titles it was four times a week," she said.

"We are very supportive of each other."

Rheannon said the team took part in a workshop with other countries where they learnt new tricks, which they will use at Australian titles on the Gold Coast next month.



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