The La Cañada-based Foothill Force Jump Rope Team will host the USA Jump Rope Region 8 Tournament for more than 100 athletes across California and Arizona on Saturday, according to a Tournament press release.
Seventeen La Cañada students will participate for a spot in the USAJR National Championships in Long Beach, Calif., in June. Students competing Saturday include:
- Soren Ryssdal, 3rd grader at Paradise Canyon Elementary,
- Berit Oxley, 4th grader at PCY,
- Megan Oh, 4th grader at Palm Crest Elementary,
- Shelby Kim, 3rd grader at La Cañada Elementary,
- Skyla Park, 4th grader at LCE,
- Carly Witteman and Julia Kim, 5th graders at LCE,
- Daniella DiPaolo, 6th grader at La Canada Prep,
- Charlotte Spry, Jenna Dorse and Eza Bromley, 9th graders at La Cañada High School,
- Emma Sheehy, Maya Sahai and Dane Reeb, 8th graders at LCHS,
- Ethan Angold, 10th grader at LCHS.
The general public may view the competition from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at LCHS. Speed events will take place in the morning; freestyle events occur in the early afternoon; and double-dutch freestyle will commence in the late afternoon. The regional competition will emphasize versatility and high degrees of jump roping skills in each discipline.
Returning 2008 USAJR Grand National champion in Male Single Rope Freestyle and Double Dutch Single Freestyle Shane Winsor will compete at this event. Winsor has held six USAJR records and has competed for Team USA at the World Jump Rope Championships.
Philanthropist and gold medalist at USAJR Nationals and World Jump Rope Championships Mike Fry also will participate in the competition. Fry, a Foothill Force team coach, founded a nonprofit organization called One World One Rope to teach jump rope to children in Tanzania and Kenya. Fry also works with a local nonprofit organization to create after school jump rope programs for underserved areas throughout Los Angeles County.
Jump ropes, concessions and gear will be available for purchase at the event. The Foothill Force Jump Rope Team is a co-ed competition and performance team comprised of athletes across the San Gabriel Valley. The Foothill Force Jump Rope Team is aligned with the United States Amateur Jump Rope (USAJR) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Foothill Force promotes health and fitness through the growing sport of jump rope.
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