Dad and son’s skip­ping feat

Bray People - - NEWS - MARY FOGARTY

Kilcoole fa­ther-and-son-duo Uladz­imir and Ti­mofei Hrapel­man are on their way to 100 days of their ‘skip and smile’ chal­lenge.

Each morn­ing and evening they use their skip­ping ropes for 50 rep­e­ti­tions apiece, and smile while they are do­ing so.

Their goals are to spend time to­gether, and to ‘re­mind the world about the value of reg­u­lar phys­i­cal ex­er­cise, and in­spire to de­velop a men­tal ro­bust­ness through smil­ing more’, ac­cord­ing to Uladz­imir.

‘Both of these things are so sim­ple and easy to im­ple­ment into one’s life, but we all are guilty of not do­ing them reg­u­larly,’ he said.

Ti­mofei (7) is hav­ing a great time with his dad, as they up­date their progress on YouTube and Face­book.

His mum Ta­tiana is en­joy­ing the fun from the side­lines.

‘It is quite a dar­ing act in per­se­ver­ance from a seven-year-old’ said Uladz­imir.

‘Hope­fully ideas like that will in­spire many other peo­ple to think about how they can im­ple­ment small pos­i­tive changes in their lives.’

They are sell­ing skip­ping ropes at their site skipandsmile.com, with all pro­ceeds to go to Wicklow-based char­i­ties work­ing with dis­abled chil­dren at the end of the ‘Skip and Smile’ ad­ven­ture.

It all be­gan when Ti­mofei saw his fa­ther do­ing some skip­ping ex­er­cises in or­der to strengthen his an­kles as part of his marathon train­ing.

He joined in, learned how to skip, and they had plenty of laughs. ‘Our sim­ple plan was made right there and then,’ said Uladz­imir. ‘ Ti­mofei and I de­cided to do 50 skips, twice a day, every day, for one hun­dred days. And in or­der to make it as fun as pos­si­ble, we added a se­cret in­gre­di­ent: smile when you are do­ing your skip­ping.’

They started on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 1 and will fin­ish on Fri­day, March 10. They are invit­ing oth­ers to take part and keep in touch on Face­book and YouTube.

At the end of their 100-day ad­ven­ture they will have a big party in their home with plenty of skip­ping and smil­ing.

Uladz­imir and Ti­mofei.

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