Redlands skipper Luke Boon impresses on Australia's Got Talent

BOON'S GOT TALENT: Luke Boon impressed celebrity judges during his performance.

BOON'S GOT TALENT: Luke Boon impressed celebrity judges during his performance.

SKIPPING world champion Luke Boon has impressed celebrity judges and audiences all over the country with his performance on Australia's Got Talent.

Boon - the founder of Redlands-based Jump Force International and a Cleveland Air Magic skipper - earned praise from the judges during Sunday night's episode.

Having shown off a routine full of splits, flips and other impressive mid-air moves, Boon said his experience on the show had been a unique but rewarding experience.

"The routine I did on Australia's Got Talent isn't the typical routine I would do in a competition," he said.

"Things that might be hard might not necessarily look good in a performance, so (I had to) choose skills I knew the audience was going to react well to, which is generally those power skills or gymnastics skills that involve a lot of the wow factor.

"I had a lot of fun doing it."

His performance drew positive feedback from the judges - musical theatre star Lucy Durack, former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger, My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Feildel and actor and comedian Shane Jacobson.

Mr Jacobson even took to the stage with Boon to show off his skipping skills, which he learned when his father ran a boxing gym.

Boon said he had wanted to show the public what skipping was all about.

"People still have that perception that skipping is just jumping up and down, so I really saw it as a great platform to showcase the sport," he said.

"If I can inspire a few people out there to pick up a rope and get active or get involved in the sport, I feel like I've done my job."

It was not all smooth sailing for Boon, who, due to time constraints, had to put his routine together in a matter of hours.

"Before I did it on stage I'd never really done it all the way through from start to finish," he said.

"That was probably what I was most nervous about but I was actually really happy with how it turned out."

In the Redlands, many family, friends, teammates were watching his performance eagerly.

Also among the episode viewers were many skippers whom Boon has mentored and taught through school programs and masterclasses run by Jump Force International.

He said he hoped his Australia's Got Talent performance would show his young students that hard work and passion could lead to amazing results.

"I know how much (skipping) changed my life. It's taken me to over 30 countries, it's kept me fit and healthy my entire life and it's affected my life in so many positive ways," he said.

"If you stick to your passion amazing things can happen."

Australia's Got Talent came during a busy competition period for Boon, who was in South Korea competing at the Asia and Pacific Jump Rope Championship when his episode was aired.

WINNER: Boon took home first prize for his freestyle performance at the Asia and Pacific Jump Rope Championships.

WINNER: Boon took home first prize for his freestyle performance at the Asia and Pacific Jump Rope Championships.

There, he won a gold medal for his freestyle routine.

It also came after his winning performances at the World Jump Rope Championship in July, where he came home with 11 medals.

Next month, Boon has been invited to China to take part in a Guinness World Record attempt for various skipping events.

He will also continue to run workshops and fitness programs at local schools. For more information or to register for a Jump Force International program, visit jumpforceint.com.