A young girl with roots in the valley has competed with the world in jump rope.
Brooklyn Hautzinger, 13, is the daughter of Dan and Bailey and granddaughter of Blair and Patty. She is a member of the Camrose Spirals. The jump rope club has been in operation for 30 years, and this year sent nine athletes to the International Jump Rope Union 2023 World Championships in Colorado Springs on Team Canada.
Brooklyn was one of six athletes competing in the 12-15 female division. The team competes in team events, including single rope speed, double Dutch speed, single rope freestyle and double Dutch freestyle.
“We have been working very hard for the past 11 months. I am so excited to have this opportunity of a lifetime to share with my team and coach. Whether we win or lose, we are so proud of ourselves for getting here,” said Brooklyn prior to the event.
The team qualified in a total of eight events to be eligible to vie for the all-around team.
The girls finished 11th in their double Dutch freestyle.
To get to this level the team has been training for 11 months practicing three nights a week.
To qualify for this competition, the athletes submitted videos of their events to be reviewed and adjudicated.
Jump Rope is an organized sport that combines elements of aerobics, synchronized dance, gymnastics and break dancing, all tied together with a jump rope. The Sprials compete provincially, nationally and internationally, and perform many demonstrations throughout the community.
“I have loved watching them come together and creating a strong, dedicated team who pushes and encourages each other, all while having amazing attitudes and a passion for the sport. They are an amazing team,” said head coach Jodi Bogstie.