Deirdre DeGagne

Community Sports Builder - inducted in 2013

Deirdre is being inducted into the Abbotsford Sports Hall of Fame in the community builder category for her unbelievable development of the sport of rope skipping. She has been the guiding force for over 20 years... putting Abbotsford in the forefront of the sport which involves competition for individuals and teams in such events as 4-person freestyle, double Dutch single freestyle, double Dutch speed relay, pairs freestyle, pairs speed, plus single rope double under relay, 4-person team freestyle, 4-person cover, 4-person speed relay, and team freestyle for junior and seniors.

Deirdre as been the Head Coach of the Abbotsford Skipping Sensations Club (ASSC) since 1990. This club, under her guidance, has hosted eight provincial, three national and three open championships. The club has qualified many members for national championships with some going to World Championships. Currently the ASSC has 38 members ranging in age for six to 26.

The Abbotsford Skipping Sensations has a mentorship program to teach leadership to younger club members. As a result of this mentorship, senior club members have taken the sport to other countries including Mexico, Fiji, Chile, Thailand, Kenya, Brazil and Wales.

Under Deirdre's leadership, the sport of Rope Skipping has grown tremendously with Abbotsford being one of the national hot spots. The club performs as a Jump Rope for Heart demonstration team and has well represented our community with demonstrations at many high profile events including the 2010 Winter Olympics.