Meet our team

Field Officers

 

 

Meet NickiNicki Grant 

Hi, I'm Nicki - I started as the new Jump Rope Manager at the start of August 2017. I did Jump Rope in primary school and I’m very excited to work on it today. The things I love the most are that skipping is still cool after all these years; it's a sport for everyone because you have the freedom to do it alone or in a group, the kids love it and are so proud of their fundraising efforts. We're certainly proud of them too!

Alicia Barry

Alicia, Jump Rope for Heart team memberHow long have you been part of the Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart team?

I have been with the Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart team as a volunteer since 2016, and started as a Jump Rope for Heart Field Officer in 2017.

Did you do Jump Rope for Heart at school?

Unfortunately I did not get the opportunity to participate in Jump Rope for Heart at school.

What do you love most about Jump Rope for Heart?

I love that it gives kids the opportunity to not only learn why physical activity is important but to actually get out there and do it! It also raises awareness about heart disease which is a huge issue for the community.

What's your most impressive skipping trick?

To be honest I’m not great yet (need more practice!) so the best I can do is a cross-over.

Why do you think Jump Rope for Heart is such a great program for students?

It's a great opportunity to show kids that heart disease is not just an "old person problem". There are things they can do today (and every day!) to look after their hearts. I’m also amazed – and saddened – that at almost every school we visit there is at least one student or teacher who has been personally affected by heart disease.

Montana-Rose Tozer-Chahine 

Montana-Rose Tozer-Chahine , Jump Roper for Heart team memberHow long have you been a Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart Field Officer?

I have been with the Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart team as a volunteer since 2016, and started as a Jump Rope for Heart Field Officer in 2017.

Did you do Jump Rope for Heart at school?

Unfortunately I did not get the opportunity to participate in Jump Rope for Heart at school.

What do you love most about Jump Rope for Heart?

I love how much fun Jump Rope for Heart is and that everyone can participate. Plus the program's ability to bring communities together and the great stories that emerge as a result of the students participating.

What’s your most impressive skipping trick?

The Pretzel! It was on my list for a while and definitely a great feeling when I finally got it.

Why do you think Jump Rope for Heart is such a great program for students?

The program helps to raise awareness about heart disease by helping students understand what heart disease is, who it affects and how it develops. It also informs them about what they can do to prevent the onset of heart disease, by educating them on how to stay healthy by doing a few simple things and, most importantly, allowing them to get outside and be active.

Emma Howlett

How long have you been a Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart Field Officer?

My journey with Jump Rope for Heart started as a volunteer in Victoria, visiting schools between Melbourne and Geelong. I relocated from Victoria to Sydney to become a Jump Rope for Heart Field Officer and now I am looking after schools in NSW, ACT, and QLD. It’s great, my first time out of Victoria and I get to see schools in all different states of Australia!

Emma Howlett, Jump Rope for Heart team memberDid you do Jump Rope for Heart at school?

I was part of a Demo Team at Canadian Lead Primary School in Ballarat. I remember I had moved to the school in Grade 2, and I knew they did Jump Rope for Heart there. On my first day a girl walked into my class with a rope hanging out of her bag and I asked her if she would like to be my best friend so I could get on the Jump Rope team. It worked!

When Primary School was over I continued to skip for fun in my spare time, and any opportunity I could get to show off my skills in front of a crowd.

What do you love most about Jump Rope for Heart?

I love how easy it is to be active! I carry a rope in my bag, I leave one in the car. I’ll take them to my friend’s house or work because you never know when you might just want to start skipping! I love to listen to music and skip to the rhythm. I find One Direction has the best jumping jams but don’t judge me on that.

What’s your most impressive skipping trick?

Practice makes perfect when it comes to skipping, but probably my most impressive trick is jumping on a pogo-stick with no hands (because I am holding the skipping rope) and skipping at the same time. I will often carry a pogo-stick in my car also because you never know when this trick can come in handy. In saying that, my Double-Dutch is really terrible now because I have not been able to practice it!

Why do you think Jump Rope for Heart is such a great program for students?

I can say that Jump Rope for Heart is an excellent program, you never know where it will take you! Everyone has a story about Jump Rope for Heart, the program has been running for over 30 years and in that time so many schools, students, teachers and communities have come into contact with it. If you think about a program that has been around since mullets were a fashionable hairstyle, it has a lot to say about Jump Rope's longevity!

Being physically active and healthy should always be fun, and Jump Rope for Heart is something the whole community can really get involved with. With heart disease being such a problem in Australia, through skipping and fundraising in schools we are able to raise awareness, provide "healthful" information, and raise valuable funds for research towards saving lives. If that’s not great, then I don’t know what is!

Mitchell Sandridge 

Mitchell Sandridge , Jump Rope for Heart team memberHow long have you been a Heart Foundation Jump Rope for Heart Field Officer?

Since February 2017.

Did you do Jump Rope for Heart at school?

Yes, and I loved it!

What do you love most about Jump Rope for Heart?

Jump Rope for Heart addresses both treatment and prevention of heart disease by raising vital funds needed for heart disease research, as well as highlighting to students the impact that heart disease has on the Australian population and offers them information on how to look after their hearts.

What’s your most impressive skipping trick?

Double-Under.

Why do you think Jump Rope for Heart is such a great program for students?

Jump Rope for Heart starts the conversation about the big impact that heart disease has on Australian families within schools. Students are then made more aware of its affect and start to think about how they can look after their hearts and hopefully start reversing the negative trend that heart disease is having on the Australian population. One such way is by encouraging students to increase their daily physical activity and challenge themselves to learn new tricks and skills through skipping.

I love to listen to music and skip to the rhythm. I find One Direction has the best jumping jams but don’t judge me on that 

- Emma Howlett, Jump Rope For Heart Field Officer

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