ROPE SKIPPING IN AUSTRALIA
Skipping Australia had its origin in 1984 when Lorraine Bannerman formed a Heart Foundation Demonstration Team at Kurrajong, NSW school where she was a teacher. Known as the Aussie Ropers, the team traveled overseas gaining places in international events in the United States.
The first World Rope Skipping Championships were held in Sydney, NSW in 1997 with one Australian team competing. Since that time, many clubs have been established, with many Clubs now having competitive skippers who are world ranked.
aUSTRALIA IN THE WORLD OF ROPE SKIPPING
Australia is one of 53 countries who actively participate in the sport of rope skipping or jump rope. The world governing body is known as the International Jump Rope Union (IJRU) and being based in the USA.
ROPE SKIPPING AND THE OLYMPICS
In line with the Olympic movement, IJRU has 5 continental areas ERSO (European Rope Skipping Organisation, ORSA (Oceania Rope Skipping Association), ARSA (African Rope Skipping Association), ARSF (Asian Rope Skipping Federation) and PARSF (Pan American Rope Skipping Federation).