Interest in rope skipping jumps after medal haul

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 July, 2011, 12:00am

Rope skipping is a good way to keep fit. It is something that can be done in any open space.

The sport has become increasingly popular since the Hong Kong team won several medals at the Rope Skipping World Championships in Britain last summer.

The high level of the sport here has persuaded more children to take up skipping.

The Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association and the Coca-Cola Foundation organised the Coca-Cola All Schools Rope Skipping Awards Scheme to allow more schoolchildren and teenagers to try rope skipping. This year's programme introduced the sport to more than 4,000 teachers and students.

At the closing ceremony, which will be held at Victoria Park on Sunday, about 800 primary and secondary students will join hands to create a Hong Kong record for the most people skipping long ropes simultaneously.

The reigning world champion skipper, 15-year-old Timothy Ho Chu-ting, will lead the other 39 Hong Kong team members in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people skipping double Dutch style. The ceremony and record-breaking attempts are scheduled to take place at soccer pitches Nos 4, 5 and 6 at Victoria Park at 10.30am on Sunday.

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