About RenèAthlete, Entertainer and Motivational Speaker.
A Creation of Athlete, Entertainer and Motivational Speaker
My StoryHow I became a professional Jumper
There’s another contemporary athlete who was cut from his first team – Michael Jordan. And just like Mr. Jordan, Rene turned the experience from defeat into determination.
"I had a coach named Bob Melson"says Rene.
Coach told everyone to focus on three things : 1) Don’t compare yourself to others – just work at your own level; 2) Don’t worry about mistakes; 3) Always give it your best. The next year, I made the team. And Coach Melson’s lessons have lasted a lifetime.
Rope jumping championships came next. Rene won five world titles in total. Three of them were alongside her Hot Dog Teammates, and two more, later after graduating from High School. She became a well-respected teacher and her peers recognized that she could explain and teach rope jumping to a broader audience. ESPN invited Rene to provide color commentary as they covered the rope jumping world championships. Rene agreed. She also did something else quite remarkable: Rene entered the competitions and won her age divisions freestyle championship!
After years of living outside the United States, Rene decided to leave Cirque du Soleil but continues to consult with them on a routine basis. Today, Rene calls Seattle, Washington her home and has created her own exciting company, Ropeworks.
Rene uses her experience as an entertainer, educator and motivational speaker in a variety of other ways: corporate and special event performances, workplace wellness events, fitness masters classes, as well as jump rope camps and classes. Various jump rope products, such as videos and ropes, are available.
So…that’s how someone becomes a “Professional Rope Jumper.”