The Yamba Skipperoos, Zoe Boothby, 13, Carly Roder, 14, Elly Beamer, 13, Elly Palmer, 13 and Rheannon Hickey, 13, who will comp
The Yamba Skipperoos, Zoe Boothby, 13, Carly Roder, 14, Elly Beamer, 13, Elly Palmer, 13 and Rheannon Hickey, 13, who will comp

Yamba skippers set to take on the world

By JURIS GRANEY

FIVE young Yamba girls want to become world champions and maybe even Olympic champions, but to reach their goal they need to raise $3000 each to head to Canada to make that dream a reality.

The Yamba Skipperoos team ? Zoe Boothby, Carly Roder, Elly Beamer, Elly Palmer and Rheannon Hickey ? is no stranger to success and coach Peter Hickey believes the girls can go all the way.

The team competed in last year's rope skipping world championships held on the Gold Coast, placing fifth.

Current NSW champions and ranked second in Australia in the 12 to 14 age division, the girls will have to take it up another level when they compete against girls up to 17 years of age.

Australian rope skipping has become a serious sport since the Australian Rope Skipping Association was established in 1984.

Mr Hickey, who has been involved in the sport for about 15 years, established the Yamba Skipperoos four years ago and his 18person squad has not disappointed.

Last year's attendance at the world championships was Mr Hickey's and his team's first and this year's event in July is expected to be hotly contested.

Not only will the team be in Toronto to compete at the worlds, they are contemplating competing at the Junior Olympics, to be held two hours outside Toronto two weeks after the worlds.

"We have a really talented team of girls going over," Mr Hickey said.

"They are not only representing Australia and their state but they are also representing their region and their town, which is a massive honour for them and this area.

"It is a sensational effort to reach these heights considering they all come from a small town. Other clubs around, like Cleveland in Brisbane, have more than 140 members where we have just 18."

Mr Hickey said he hoped that someone in the region would offer to become the major sponsor of the team, helping the girls to get overseas.

"What a lot of people don't realise is that these girls train two times a week, 12 months of the year," he said.

ANYONE interested in helping the team with a donation can contact Mr Hickey on 66458311.



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