Story and photo by Doug Petrowski
While many of us may have jumped rope during our childhood, chances are we couldn’t keep up with Avery Dokka. The Mountlake Terrace High School sophomore-to-be excels at jumping rope, and will put her skills to the ultimate test this week at the World Jump Rope Championships in Washington D.C.
Dokka is a member of Hot Dog USA, a competitive jump rope team out of Kirkland. The squad is at the world championships to go up against other national and international jumpers. Last year’s championships included competitors from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Great Britain, France, Hungary and Africa.
“I think it is really cool that we get to compete against jumpers from around the world,” Dokka said.
Dokka has been jumping rope competitively for seven years. She’s at the Hot Dog USA facilities three to four times a week for practices and conditioning. “I usually don’t like to work out, but I like to jump rope,” Dokka explained.
The competitors are divided into two age groups at the world championships — a junior division of 14-year-olds and younger, and a senior division. While Dokka competed at the world championships last year, it was in the junior division. “I’m looking forward to competing against the older kids this year,” she said.
The Dokka family will still be represented in the junior division at the championships; Avery’s younger sister, Haley, is also a jumper and is making the trip to D.C. to compete.
The World Jump Rope Championships are set to start July 5 at George Washington University. Despite the record heat, storms and power outages in Washington D.C. recently, officials are hoping to stage the championships as planned. Competition begins Thursday morning and runs through the weekend. Live streaming of the championships can be viewed here.