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Record Breaking Skipper Takes to the Podium at World Jump Rope Championships

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A University of Worcester sports student has taken to the podium in three events at the World Jump Rope Championships in Washington DC.

 Gemma McGhee competed as part of the British Rope Skipping team and won a Gold medal for four person 30 second speed and a Bronze medal for pairs 30 second speed, as well as finishing fourth in the single 30 second speed, which gained her qualification for the grand finals in all three events.

Gemma, of Studley, Warwickshire, was placed third for single 30 second speed and placed second for both the pairs 30 second and four person 30 second relay in the grand finals, in which only the top skippers from their age divisions competed.

The 25-year-old has already taken to the podium this year in the Double Dutch Contest in Belgium where her team finished third for Mini-Fusion which mixes Double Dutch, Street Dance and Power skills.

“The championships were amazing especially as I got a trophy in all three of the events that I competed in,” the third year Sports Therapy student said.  “The most challenging aspect of competing at such a high level is ensuring that you are prepared enough for an event and that everyone within your team works together.”

Gemma currently holds the British record for the most jumps in three minutes and shares the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive jumps by three people in Double Dutch.

Gemma was awarded an £800 scholarship by the University of Worcester to assist with the costs of competing as part of the GB Rope Skipping team at international competitions.

“The scholarship is a huge help towards me being able to compete at different championships throughout the year as we have to pay for it all ourselves through fundraising so the scholarship has been a huge help there,” she said. 

The talented skipper has done commercial work with her club Jump Rope UK and has had frequent television appearances.

“We do a lot of commercial work, so within the past couple of years I have been in Olly Murs’ music video for ‘Heart Skips a Beat’; taught Michael McIntyre to do Double Dutch on ‘The One Show’, performing on ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ and also performing on Sky 1’s ‘League of Their Own’,” she said.

“I am part of Get Tricky, which is part of the sports presentation team for the London 2012 Games. Last year I had the privilege of performing at the Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park for the London Prepares Series Invitational Basketball Event and we will be returning this year to do some performances at the London 2012 Olympic Games.”