Lincoln Leapers head to Nationals

By Jim Wallace, The Standard
Thursday, May 3, 2012

For their 30th anniversary, the Lincoln Leapers would love nothing more than to bring home the gold.

With two Ontario championships already to their credit in 2012, coach Carly Simpson wants even more from the five teams who qualified for the Canadian skip rope jumping championships.

“I have pretty high expectations for all the teams heading to nationals, so hopefully we’ll come back with some medals in hand,” said Simpson, who started as a jumper with the club 18 years ago.

The five-person 15-17 female team and 12-14 mixed age category teams won provincial gold, as did Kayla Whitnell in the eight-year-old category and Taylor Lanosky in the 12-14 age group.

While most think of skipping as a recreational sport, the Leapers take it seriously.

“We practise three nights a week for two hours, so we have a pretty strict practice schedule that the girls and boys are taking part in,” Simpson said. “Luckily, because we’ve been around so long, we have coaches who have grown up jumping.

“The coaches have been in it since they were young themselves and know what they’re doing.”

In addition, there are about 150 jumpers every year in the Little Leapers recreational program, “so we recruit members from there,” she said.

To qualify for the nationals, teams had to finish in the top eight at the provincial level. The two gold-medal individual and team winners will also try to qualify for the world championships by finishing in the top five in their groups.

The Beamsville-based club will head to Moncton for the national championships May 17-20.