By Gord Bowes, News staff
Two Mountain girls have high hopes as they return to the national skipping championships.
Emily Church, a Grade 4 student at Ray Lewis, and Tia Pawczuk, who is in Grade 5 at Lawfield, say they are nervous, but are looking forward to competing and confident they’ll do well.
“The judges always smiled at us,” says Emily.
Emily finished second last year, while Tia has finished third and fifth in her last two trips to nationals. At provincials last month, Tia won the masters (individual) title and Emily was sixth.
The two girls are the only skippers from the Hamilton Hoppers in the 10-11 age group who advanced to the 2014 Rope Skipping National Championships in Abbotsford, B.C., May 15-19. Sixteen other members of the club will be making the trip to compete in team and individual categories.
Emily and Tia are also branching out into showbiz. Last fall, the pair decided to form Skipping Stars and came up with a routine that would get them on TV. They’ll be on the Tiny Talent Show in September.
“They’re both natural skippers and come by everything themselves for their routine,” says Tia’s mom, Jennifer.
The act allows the girls to do trick moves they don’t get to perform in competition. One of their favourites is one that could be part of a breakdance routine called the “bubble.”
“We really like it because it looks funny and cool,” says Tia.
The Hoppers run competitive and recreational programs, along with workshops to introduce children to the sport. See hamiltonhoppers.on.ca for details.