The Abbotsford Skipping Sensations celebrated the grand opening of their new training facility on Sept. 29. (Submitted)

The Abbotsford Skipping Sensations celebrated the grand opening of their new training facility on Sept. 29. (Submitted)

Abbotsford Skipping Sensations celebrate grand opening of new facility

Local skipping group thanks sponsors for assistance, look ahead to 2021 World Championships

The Abbotsford Skipping Sensations celebrated the grand opening of the club’s new facility on Sept. 29. The following information below was submitted by Chair of the Parent Executive Kerry Baird to honour the occasion:

The Abbotsford Skipping Sensations are a competitive jump rope team based out of Abbotsford and have been one of the premiere jump rope clubs in the country for 30 years. We have nationally recognized coaches, and athletes that have competed and excelled at provincial, national and international competitions.

Aside from travelling around the country to many provinces to compete at the Rope Skipping Canada National Championships each year, many of our club members have competed as Team Canada in the following: FISAC World Championships in London and Hong Kong, Pan American Championships in Orlando, and recently the World Open Invitational in China. Our athletes have medalled or placed in all of these tournaments and most recently finished as second place overall in the China tournament. These competitive endeavours have earned our team a spot in the local Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame.

RELATED: Abbotsford jump rope athletes: Skipping to Nationals

In addition to international travel and tournaments, we perform many local and regional performances. Some of the highlights have been halftime shows at TWU, CBC and UFV collegiate basketball games, Canada’s Got Talent semi finals, 2010 Olympic Village festivities, and local Abbotsford Agrifair and Canada Day Celebrations. The team has also participated in various corporate festivities hosted by Telus, Lululemon, New Balance and even Cirque du Soleil.

As part of the ethos of the Skipping Sensations, we strive to give back to the community at a grassroots level. The club volunteers as a demonstration team for Jump Rope for Heart in many regional elementary schools, promoting jump rope as a heart-healthy exercise. The team conducts many after school workshops and learn-to-skip camps in the community, eager to grow the recreational facet of the sport. We continue to partner with local school districts and Abbotsford Community Schools to endorse jump rope as a fun activity that is accessible to people of all levels. Furthermore, the club has used jump rope as an outreach activity in service trips abroad to Mexico, Thailand and Uganda to engage and interact with marginalized kids and impoverished communities, to promote the positive aspects of sport and the universal language of play.

RELATED: Jump Rope Provincials come to Abbotsford

This year (2020) we found ourselves in the challenging COVID-19 era. This heavily impacted our team since we were without a place to practice, due to restrictions on user groups in public schools. The team is aiming to qualify for the first IJRU World Championships which are scheduled to be in Ottawa in July 2021. It is the most highly anticipated competition in the global jump rope community. Our team has taken the bold and progressive action to enter into a one-year lease for our own practice facility. This will give us a place to train, but also a space to teach and continue running community camps. The commercial warehouse space we have rented has a concrete floor, so we required a specialized sports flooring installed for us to jump on. This flooring was almost $17,000. As a small club of only 24 athletes, this cost (in addition to now paying for practice space) is a large financial burden for families on our team. However we are overjoyed and very fortunate to have had corporate sponsors cover the cost of the flooring and contribute to some of the improvements in our space. We would like to gratefully acknowledge our Platinum Sponsors: Sapphire Sound, Caliber Projects, Standard Insulation, Exclusive Floors, New York Painting and Coating and WJ Mouat Technology Department. Other sponsors included Hi Beam Contracting, Vesta Projects, Clearbrook Iron Works, and Columbia Cabinets.

Our new facility is located in the Mana Corp Building on Forrest Terrace in Abbotsford. For more information on our programs or to rent our space go to


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Elias Pettersson and the Vancouver Canucks drew a large crowd to the Abbotsford Centre in 2019. Canucks management hopes the crowds return for the planned AHL team this fall, and early returns are positive. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Canucks: ‘Incredible’ early interest for Abbotsford AHL tickets

Team has had a strong response to both e-mail information and priority ticket lists

Red dot shows location where fisherman was rescued by boater on Friday, May 7, 2021. Other fisher still missing presumed drowned after boat swamped on Fraser River near Vedder/Sumas confluence. Rescued man swam to shore after boat sank, while friend is still classified as missing as of May 10. (City of Chilliwack map)
Fisherman still missing after boat flipped on the Fraser River

One man made it out, other still missing, after anchor got snagged in the Fraser near Chilliwack

Corina Rochon has been working the front lines of the pandemic in the intensive care unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. She is also an instructor in the nursing program at University of the Fraser Valley.
Pandemic the most challenging of Abbotsford nurse’s 16-year career

Corina Rochon works front lines at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Joan Septembre went for a weekend hike at Lindeman Lake, parking next to a vehicle that had two windows smashed in. (submitted photo)
Thieves active at Lindeman Lake and other parking spots along Chilliwack Lake Road

The hiking community is lamenting an uptick in car theft and vandalism as the weather gets nicer

Dario Lopez comes to the Cascades from Madrid, Spain where he played in very competitive junior leagues. (Dan Kinvig/UFV Athletics)
UFV Cascades sign Spanish basketball talent

High-scoring forward Dario Lopez joins team for 2021-22 season

A bullet hole is seen in the windshield of an RCMP vehicle approximately 4 km from Vancouver International Airport after a one person was killed during a shooting outside the international departures terminal at the airport, in Richmond, B.C., Sunday, May 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Homicide team IDs man in fatal YVR shooting as police grapple with spate of gang violence

Man, 20, charged in separate fatal shooting Burnaby over the weekend

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) makes a save on Winnipeg Jets’ Nate Thompson (11) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg, Monday, May 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade
Vancouver Canucks see NHL playoff hopes dashed despite 3-1 win over Winnipeg

Montreal Canadiens earn final North Division post-season spot

The B.C. legislature went from 85 seats to 87 before the 2017 election, causing a reorganization with curved rows and new desks squeezed in at the back. The next electoral boundary review could see another six seats added. (Black Press files)
B.C. election law could add six seats, remove rural protection

North, Kootenays could lose seats as cities gain more

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the shooting of an Indigenous woman in the Ucluelet First Nation community of Hitacu. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. First Nation wants ‘massive change’ after its 3rd police shooting in less than a year

Nuu-chah-nulth woman recovering from gunshot wounds in weekend incident near Ucluelet

Nurse Gurinder Rai, left, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Maria Yule at a Fraser Health drive-thru vaccination site, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. The site is open for vaccinations 11 hours per day to those who have pre-booked an appointment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID vaccine bookings to open for adults 40+, or 18+ in hotspots, across B.C.

Only people who have registered will get their alert to book

Dr. Victoria Lee, CEO of Fraser Health, hosts an update on efforts to contain B.C.’s COVID-19 transmission in Surrey and the Fraser Valley and protect hospitals in the Lower Mainland, May 6, 2021. (B.C. government video)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate slowing, 20 more people die

Deaths include two people in their 40s, two in their 50s

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read