Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
Local skippers `amazed'
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 8 Sep 2006, p. 24

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Two Georgetown residents recently represented Canada at the World Rope Skipping Championships in Toronto on a Brampton team and the 15-year-old Christ the King students are still tripping over the experience. Amy Chiapetta and Kathleen O'Callaghan of the Brampton Acro Ropers were among several hundred athletes from around the world who took part in the Humber College meet. And while they didn't earn any medals, some of the dazzling routines of the Japanese, Australian, U.S. and Chinese rope jumpers have inspired the locals to keep practising for the next world championships, to be held in 2008, likely in France. The age group that the local duo skipped in was the 15-17 junior division. "We didn't really know what to expect the first year we went to the worlds and we did have the youngest team there," said Chiapetta, who took up skipping competitively at age seven. "We knew everyone was going to be good, but we didn't know they'd be amazing. For us it was all about the experience, basically." Japan's routines incorporated breakdancing and China's looked like something out of Cirque de Soleil, the girls noted. The U.S. had the largest contingent in Toronto and were prominent the medal standings, having assembled their teams 18 months before the world championships, whereas the Canadian federation didn't determine its qualifiers until May, when Chiapetta and O'Callaghan were on a team that finished third. The top four teams in the eyes of the judges moved on. "In two years, we'll be at the top of our age category with the most experience, so it should be a good opportunity for us," said O'Callaghan, who joined the Acro Ropers three years ago after learning about the sport from Chiapetta. The Brampton team also attended the Amateur Athletics Union Junior Olympics in Virginia this summer and posted several top-10 finishes in team and individual events. Members of the Acro Ropers are as young as six years old and also participate in several demonstrations throughout the year, including Toronto Argonaut games, schools and various community events. Chiapetta was among those Canadians invited on a trip to Hong Kong five years ago to promote the sport there.

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8 Sep 2006
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Chiapetta, Amy ; O'Callaghan, Kathleen
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World Rope Skipping Championships ; Christ the King ; Humber College ; Acro Ropers
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Local skippers `amazed'