Several world champion speed rope jumpers from Bloomer recently visited Phillips public elementary and middle schools on Friday, Dec. 21, 2019 for rope jump presentations and demonstrations. Student champion jumpers, pictured left-to-right, included, seventh grade students Hunter Ferstenou and Turner Czekalski (three-time grand champion) from St Paul’s Catholic School; and fifth grade students Briella, Ciara and Aliya Hartman (triplets) from Bloomer Middle School. The group demonstrated several styles of jumping rope and of course “speed” jumping, which the town of Bloomer is famous for since the Speed Rope Jump Contest began in 1960. Paul Morning, far left, current and long-time World Record holder was on hand to lead the group and engage students with a message of keeping fit and active by incorporating rope jumping (not necessarily speed jumping) as an exercise into a daily workout routine to enhance timing, coordination and endurance to help gain that competitive “edge” in any sport. The 60th Annual World Speed Rope Jump Contest will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Bloomer High School, with a preliminary contest at 10 a.m. and finals to follow. The annual open-invitation contest involves 100’s of students throughout Wisconsin in grades 1–8.