Support4Sport

Funding through Support4Sport has changed my life as a coach. With this new funding, we'll be able to bring more medals home and have better-prepared athletes from international and national events.

Andrew Feenstra
Cycling Nova Scotia Coach

Sam Ashley

Sam
Ashley
Rope skipping doesn’t just have to be a childhood pastime
Sam Ashley
Athlete
Community Program

Sam Ashley has a commitment to rope skipping that spans almost a lifetime. His involvement in this pastime as a young student had developed into a competitive passion that has allowed him to travel the world and share a sport he loves with others.

“It’s just a part of who I am. I really cannot begin to imagine what I would be doing with my life if it weren’t for rope skipping,” says Sam.

Competitive rope skipping involves both individual and team events with either single ropes or double dutch. Freestyle routines are designed to demonstrate a number of different skills within a set time limit of one minute and 15 seconds. Judged by a panel, the competitive freestyle routines are scored in two categories: difficulty and creativity. Often, these routines will be choreographed to music.  Other competitive opportunities exist in various speed events, as athletes compete to complete as many jumps as possible within a time frame. Currently, the world record for 30-second speed is 200 jumps.

Every two years, a competitive World Rope Skipping Championship is held in July. Past competitions have been held in Toronto, Canada (2006), Cape Town, South Africa (2008), and London, England (2010), where Sam was most recently a competitor.

Sam didn’t always travel the globe for his sport, but he did get his start in rope skipping at a very young age. As an elementary student, he got involved in the Jump Rope for Heart program, which led to a lunchtime skipping club, and before he knew it, he was part of a troupe of young rope skippers that travelled the province giving rope skipping demonstrations. Shortly thereafter, he discovered competitive rope skipping and the rest is history.

The support that the Rope Skipping Association of Nova Scotia (RSANS) has received from the Support4Sport program has allowed Sam’s team to not only compete, but to share the sport within the province through a variety of workshops and demonstrations to promote the health benefits of rope skipping and as a competitive sport.

“The funding has allowed us to show the rest of the province what rope skipping has to offer,” said Sam, “and as a result we are seeing more teams and clubs pop up each year.”

Prior to receiving Support4Sport funding, Sam’s team was the only team in the area and only a few schools had developed rope skipping clubs.

Sam’s rope skipping club is small but mighty and its support comes almost exclusively from volunteer efforts. “No one from the provincial organization gets paid,” said Sam. “Countless hours and personal dollars go into the sport, but we do it because we love it.”

What does Sam enjoy most about rope skipping?

“Seeing the joy and satisfaction that comes from rope skipping,” explains Sam. “Seeing the school principal jump double dutch in front of a crowd of screaming kids. Seeing the same cheerful reaction in both a child and an adult when they land their first crisscross or double-under. There is something fundamental about rope skipping that satisfies all of us, and I love seeing it in everyone I share the sport with.”

Local workshops are available for the public to attend, and Sam encourages participation and any and all ages. “Fun is the number one priority at our workshops and it doesn’t matter if you’re eight or 80.”

Sam is not only dedicated to the competitive aspect of the sport, but also to sharing the fun of rope skipping with the community at large because rope skipping doesn’t just have to be a childhood game..

For more information on programs, visit the Rope Skipping Association of Nova Scotia www.rsans.com.

Location

Porters Lake, NS
Canada
44° 44' 35.9484" N, 63° 18' 38.7936" W

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