Unique trick: Melissa Dalgaard

Having a jumping good time

Complete workout: Mixes gymnastics, dance and strength in one.

Many people believe jump rope to be nothing more than a playground activity for children, but that’s not how Melissa Dalgaard sees it.

For nearly 20 years, jumping rope has been an important part of her life.

At the age of seven, Dalgaard was introduced to the sport by a teacher, Brenda Reid, during a Jump Rope For Heart presentation at her school.

“It just sounded like something fun to try,” recalls Dalgaard.

“It seemed like a sport that would challenge me, and it is very unique. I think that’s what initially drew me to the sport.”

She says her favourite part of jumping rope is that it is a sport where you can’t master everything.

“A sport like basketball, you can master a layup or a free throw, but with skipping you can always make it more difficult and add another spin or jump to the trick.”

This includes the butt jump, a unique trick, which involves jumping rope from a seated position.

After four years of touring Interior B.C. with Jump Rope For Heart, performing jump-rope demonstrations that raised money for and promoted cardiovascular health, Dalgaard and her teammates decided to take their jump-rope skills to the next level.

In 1999, Dalgaard travelled to Abbotsford to compete in her first competitive provincial jump-rope competition.

“I did not place, but it was an amazing experience,” she says with a smile.

The next four years were filled with intense training sessions up to two times a day, seven days a week and competing at provincial, national and international championships.

Dalgaard and her team finished in the top five of the 2004 national championships, which was good enough for them to qualify for the world championships, held in Australia that year.

At those world  championships, Dalgaard and her team placed in the top six.

After seven years of competitive jump rope, she hung up the ropes in 2006, competing one last time on the international stage.

“I started university and then things just got crazy and there was no time to compete competitively any more.”

Today, Dalgaard is a teacher at Shuswap Middle School.

She has brought jumping rope into PE class and even the classroom from time to time.

“Kids think jumping rope was something they only learned in Grade 1, but it can be made a lot more interesting, it combines gymnastics, dance and strength all in one.”

“All the regular sports like basketball, volleyball and badminton are offered to students, and jumping rope provides a unique option.”

She admits she doesn’t jump rope as much as she used to, mainly because it is difficult to find available open space.

“It allowed me to travel the world, which is something I love to do,” she said.

Dalgaard says she will continue to jump rope as long as she can.

“It’s been a huge part of my life, and always will be.”

 

Just Posted

Kelowna classroom where child allegedly overdosed re-opens after cleaning

An 8-year-old was unresponsive and unable to walk after ingesting an unknown substance at school.

Video: Rain doesn’t deter Terry Fox runners in Salmon Arm

Dozens showed up to continue the Canadian icon’s marathon of hope.

Friends and family gather for Parkinson SuperWalk in Salmon Arm

Word on the street: How has Parkinson’s Disease affected you or your family?

Vote online to help light up the Larch Hills

Larch Hills Nordic Society competing for Kraft Heinz Project Play funding

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Federal party leaders address gun violence after weekend shooting near Toronto

One teen was killed and five people injured in the shooting

Conservatives promise tax cut that they say will address Liberal increases

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket

B.C. VIEWS: Cutting wood waste produces some bleeding

Value-added industry slowly grows as big sawmills close

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

Some say the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C.

Federal food safety watchdog says batch of baby formula recalled

The agency says it’s conducting a food safety investigation

Road block was costly legal battle for Summerland

Resolving Garnet Valley dispute took six years

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Most Read