Skipping up a gear
By JURIS GRANEY
THE Yamba Skipperoos joined 800 other competitors from 14 countries in the opening ceremony of the 2006 World Rope Skipping Championships in Toronto, Canada yesterday morning. Following the ceremony it is now down to competition for the pint-sized dynamos as they strive to better last year's fifth overall placing at the worlds held on the Gold Coast. Coach Peter Hickey said the girls, Zoe Boothby, Carly Roder, Elly Beamer, Elly Palmer and Rheannon Hickey, will be competing in the 12-17 age division ? the most hotly-contested age group at the competition. "We have been training hard for this event and I think we will do quite well," Mr Hickey said. "But it is the toughest division, so it is going to be hard going. "We have been training four to five times a week and have set plenty of club records in speed and freestyle. "The team really does appre- ciate the support they have re- ceived and hopefully we come home with the world title." Thanks to the generosity of the local community, the team, which flew out of Brisbane for Toronto on Monday, managed to raise just over $9000 towards the trip. "The local support of Maclean and Yamba has been fantastic," Mr Hickey said. "The team really does ap- preciate the support they have received and hopefully we come home with the world championship title." If they don't, however, they are sure to be great ambassadors of the sport as well as the Lower Clarence. Such was the generosity of the local community, the team was able to get its own Aust- ralian tracksuits kindly donated by Maclean Home Timber and Hardware. "It was really great they (Home Timber and Hardware) came on board to help the team," Mr Hickey said.