Despite a rainstorm, Tuesday was a jolly good day for rope skippers: they broke two records. Fourteen Hong Kong rope-skipping athletes aged 13-17 broke the Guinness World Record for the most skips by a team over a single rope in three minutes. They chalked up 501 skips. Meanwhile, more than 100 primary and secondary school students from 24 schools broke the Hong Kong record by having the most people skip rope in a 'figure of 8' formation simultaneously. The students were taking part in the Coca-Cola Foundation Rope Skipping STAR programme 2011-2012. The event was organised by the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China and sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation. Over the past year, the programme has supported more than 7,000 students to develop a regular rope-skipping habit for a healthier lifestyle through a four-week course. They were also taught basic nutrition. Schools were given teaching manuals, as well as help to set up a rope-skipping corner. Venus Lai Wing-lam, 14, was a participant in the programme and Tuesday's record-breaking event. The Form Two student from Queen's College Old Boys' Association Secondary School has received training from champions and will help train her schoolmates. 'Rope skipping can build up our strength, improve our sense of rhythm and help us learn to collaborate with others,' she said.