A Redwater resident will be heading to China this summer to jump rope.
 
Everett Graham, a Grade 9 student at Redwater School, will be competing at the International Rope Skipping Federation Championships.
 
"As long as you're top three in your country, you can go," said Graham. "I got first place in my category."
 
He will be competing in four events at the competition: 30-second speed, three-minute endurance, triple unders and freestyle.
 
Graham began skipping about nine years ago.
 
"They did a demo (of skipping) at my school at the time and I just fell in love with it because they were doing lots of cool flips," explained Graham. "And I thought 'I want to do that.'"
 
Graham competed in his first national competition in Calgary, where he achieved first place.
 
"(Skipping) is a very friendly sport," he said. "Nobody is trying to beat you. Nobody is trying to attack you. They're all just, like, teaching you tricks and trying to give you pointers and tips on how you can improve your ability."
 
During the regular season from September to May, when nationals take place, Graham practices twice a week for an hour and a half or two hours. "Since nationals, I've been practicing five or six times a week for an hour or two hours," he said.
 
Graham has travelled across Canada to jump rope, including to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec.
 
"I like to think of everyone as like they have potential," said Graham. "I don't want to be boast-y. Everyone is good. There is no real definition of good."
 
Graham will leave for Shanghai on July 23. The competition is ten days long, and he will spend a total of 16 days in China. There was a fundraiser for his trip on Friday (Jun.15) at Redwater School.
 

 

 

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