Students in Torrington aren’t just jumping rope, but are jumping their way to a world championship.
The teenagers are part of the Forbes Flyers, and the jump rope team is heading to a national championship this month in Florida, but they’ve been jumping together since elementary school.
"It's a lot more technical things, like, people don't really understand it - it's kind of like you have to see it to believe it,” said Torrington student Ian Henry.
"They've been in it since they were third-graders. They tryout in second-grade so they can start the next school year in third-grade as jumpers,” said Forbes Flyers Coach Janice Harrington.
For 22 years, the students at Forbes School have been shown the ropes by Harrington, who is the physical education teacher who trains the Forbes Flyers who keep a strict schedule.
"We practice every day after school from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and then we also practice Wednesdays and Fridays in the morning from 6:15 to 7 a.m.,” said student Ali Bottari.
All that practice has paid off, as they have qualified to represent the United States at the world Jump Rope Championship in Sweden in July.
It is an expensive trip so they are asking for some help.
"We've been running a GoFundMe page and it's been pretty successful - we could always use more money to help us travel,” said student Abby Navin.
They worked hard to get a spot in the competition and they make it look easy, but it’s definitely not.
To help them reach their goal, visit the GoFundMe page here.
For more on the Forbes Flyers, click here.
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