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Montana Super Skippers: Already Preparing for Nationals

"We teach from six years up to our college age kids.  What happens, the older the jumper becomes, besides being a competitive jump roper, they learn to become an instructor as leadership and communication skills develop within the group, so there is a lot of mentoring going on amongst our team," says Montana Super Skippers coach Beverly Williams.

Most of the members join after seeing the team perform at schools, or taking part in a camp.

"I heard about the summer camp, the summer before I went into the 4th grade, so I did it with my friends and I fell in love with it, so I kept going," says Super Skipper Linda Twidwell.

With competitors from all different backgrounds, they all embrace just how rare competitive jump roping may be.

"I like it because it's super unique, and if someone asks you what you do, I say 'jump-rope' and they don't know it's a competitive sport yet," says Super Skipper Tavin Robinson.

And the skippers are very competitive, this past June, the squad took 10th place at nationals in Long Beach California, even with their relatively small squad of 14.

"A lot of teams have over 30-60 members, so to place that high amongst a group of national jump ropers is really well earned," says Williams.

While this years goal is to place higher at Nationals, the team is thankful for all the traveling opportunities they have…one opportunity, which just may involve some international travel.

"I love traveling so much, and we've been all over the US, and hopefully we get to go to Hong-Kong for worlds, and we've gone to Texas, California, and a lot of places that other teams haven't been able to go to," says Robinson.

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