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Moving on from finance Bree found her true passion for hosting and presenting. Selected as the Face of Caulfield inBree was able to showcase nationally her zest for life. Day 1 was spent in the classroomlearning drills and processes in preparation for jumpingthe following day. Working through the detail was an eye opener. Fortunately, we also had some experienced jumpersobserving the class so they were able to get involvedand help out.
From 8am to 6pm we drilled and drilled anddrilled Did I feel comfortable andconfident for the jump day to come? Once we wrapped-up for Saturday, we had dinner at thecomplex and a vino or two. It was also about the people you meetand the stories you share. So many laughs and greatcharacters to enjoy the night with! Day 2, Sunday, was jump day! At 8am, fresh as adaisy, the first jumpers worked through the jumpprocedure under the observation of jumpmasters andother experienced jumpers.
Everyone is sofriendly and there to assist and support; it really doeshave a great vibe! Students were then introduced to their two jumpmasters and worked through the complete jump together. They also took us through our gear again, as revision from the classroom, and to get you suited up! Admittedly, this was when the nerves started to set-in for me. Once you have everything on it becomes real! We piled into the plane and then the nerves settled.
I was able to sit back andenjoy the view as we flew to 15,ft. Many may think itstrange that I was more anxious when my feet were on theground, but once in the air I had resigned myself to thefact that there was only one way out of the aircraft! The feeling of freefall really is like nothing else;and while it lasts for one entire minute, it allows youto consume the moment. For me, my two jumpmasters and Ihad a smooth exit and my parachute deployed beautifully.
Once on the ground all I wanted to do was get on thenext load and go again! However, following the jump you sit down with your jumpmasters to review footage and record your performance inyour very own logbook. For me, this logbook symbolizedthe beginning of a new-found interest, and one I hope toshare with my girlfriends in time to come! In the years leading up to my sixteenth birthday, I had accomplished several Tandem skydives, most of them with my dad, Don, and some with other friendly instructors.
Fast forward six years, it was my time to shine. My instructor was none other than Don Cross, and a word to wise: I clocked up around jumps in three months, jumping whenever I had the chance. There was a constant battle between doing homework or jumping — the latter always won. I want to turn my hobby into my career, just as my parents did.
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For now, I want to have fun in the sky and learn as much as possible so I can become an instructor when I am eighteen. There are no words to describe the feeling of true freedom, but skydiving definitely lets you experience it. Sixteen and Skydiving Maddy Cross Bree Maddy 15 A few of us decided to start out the event with a colour 5km run in Riverside, California on the day before the record event, you know, to help get over jet lag or maybe it was to have an excuse to drink champagne at 6am on a Saturday!
A total of twelve gals from the record did the run, five from our group. But a little more champagne, a lot of tape and ibuprofen during the event, plus some Perris Valley arranged golf cart shuttles to the dirt dives, and from the landing area, kept her right in the game.
The early days of world record attempts are typically for practice, not records. The Base works to give the outside something to dock on; and the outside works on seeing the pictures needed to build the outside quickly for the first point, and learning to anticipate the key to sequence to the second point. Some sectors were cruising nicely, others were struggling, and some of us were getting shuffled around trying to help fix issues or fill a gap. Not all jumps are the same slot time and time again, as most people are led to believe.
Tracey, Helen, Heather and Pam each had a day in slot A5 — a rear floating slot off the far left trail plane. This was a diverse group, divided between very highly experienced Big-way record flyers, world champion formation flyers, and up-and-coming flyers in both disciplines; some with just over or jumps.
There was a plane or sector captain for every nine girls to help mentor these younger ones; also, to help us all understand each other. There is a lot of translating to be done with so many countries represented! Did we mention these are expensive ordeals as well?
Mentally, physically and monetarily. We all wonder if we are up to challenge. Am I good enough? Can I do this? Will the pressure get to me? Can I afford this?! There were more than a couple of injuries and illnesses: Some resulting in trips to the clinic for scans and medications and missed jumps during the event, leaving at least one of us wondering if we might miss being on the record.
But enough of that, back to the jumping! We used these jumps to see the pictures and focus on the first point. The official record attempts that started on Wednesday were a real roller coaster ride. Most days saw four jumps with late starts caused by morning fog clearing by 10 or 11am.
A bit frustrating, and the week seemed to be closing in on us. On Thursday evening, though, the last jump of the day was an absolute beauty!
Smooth, slow builds in all the sectors, and the sequence to the second point was translated through to the back of the skydive nicely.
Everyone was sent home to visualise perfection and arrive on Friday morning with that picture clear in their mind, ready to go. We were all buzzing. Friday morning arrived with the usual foggy start. This gave us time to lay down the dive on creepers one section at a time and move in to our docks for Point one, then sequence to Point two in real time. Yes, you CAN use creepers for Big-way!
We needed every minute of daylight today. The axe had fallen on Thursday and ringers had been brought in overnight to fill slots. We were strong and the organisers wanted the record today. We all knew it. This was going to be a busy day. Jump one was sweet. We all waited for the debrief. The judges were out of the judging room before the captains were out of theirs. Not a good sign. The pressure was obviously going to be high today. Kate Cooper-Jensen, our intrepid leader, runs a good debrief.
Sometimes all business, usually a bit funny, always direct. We were probably on a short call, so no surprise the tape was already cued up near the first point build. Kate started the video. Kate pauses the video — holds up one finger — Point 1. We can do this.
She starts the video again — pauses the video — turns to the room — holds up Two Fingers! There is almost a gasp before the room erupts into screams. We had done it!
On the first jump of the day, with people in new slots, new girls on the team, injured gals back on. Finally two good jumps in a row, two world records — all before lunch! A not-sobrilliant effort at a 3-pointer followed by a quick airplane trip down the runway for an aborted third jump, thanks to a broken Skyvan, led us to a farewell meeting and champagne all around.
The well deserved epic poolside party that night closed out a hugely successful effort. The vibe with women around was so positive and welcoming. I had offers of help from all corners. I was very touched. The whole week was just really good fun, a little frustrating at times as all record attempts can be but ultimately highly rewarding.
I got to fly a couple of slots as the organisers worked out who would be best placed where. In the end I was rear float, complete with radio for exit timing which is always cool fun on the A plane which gave me great pictures of the building formation on approach. We had potentially six days of full attempts to get the record but in the end we only needed five. The noise when Kate announced that we had the two points was phenomenal. The excitement and the relief was evident. Record attempts are physically and mentally draining and I was tired!
Two World Records and loads of smiles, laughter and a few glasses of bubbly stuff! What a fan-schnabulously awesome event to be able to participate in. Personally, I had a HEAP of support from folks back home in getting me there - a massive thanks to all those who bought raffle tickets and sent me on my way with such encouragement - and an even bigger thank you for not lynching me on my return for breaking my promise to you that you would ALL win the grand prize.
Bonus of the trip - I get to go in the Guinness Book of Records without having to bake a 26m giant pie or push a golfball for over a mile with my nose or sit in a bath of maggots for two hours. When arriving at Perris drop zone I was completely blown away with the calibre of women skydivers at this event, recognising most from previous world record attempts, invitational big way events and the most recent Skydiving World Meet Championships.
Wow, this was serious stuff with so much talent invested! However, I could not help ponder if our aim to break the current overall world record sequential event of a way was a little too ambitious.
Many world record attempts had passed and failed. One grip off here; one person out there. These large sequential formations are damn not easy. Could a bunch of women skydivers really achieve this? Women were shuffled around the formation to where they would fly at their best for the team. Sector captains, including our very own Melissa Harvie, played an important role in ensuring their sectors successfully built with their designated players.
For best outcomes, relevant instruction and guidance was filtered from the P3 team, through sector captains, to the players. The overall plan worked and we secured two world records of a way two-point formation! It was such a fun event and a real bonus to bring home two World Records! The vibe on the DZ is always completely indescribable, and different from anything else.
I was overwhelmed by the new faces on this one, I really felt like an old gray mare! This event was one of the toughest personally I have been involved in, and the pressure was high. We knew a lot of eyes were on us because we were really going after it - trying to hit a high bar with a team of all women.
This was big not just for skydiving, but something not really done in sport. We had a big job to do. The ladies were focused, working hard, it was hot, but wow, there was a lot of fun being had all around the place! People learning bits of Russian or Spanish or Portugese.
EspecialIy after two world records. I especially enjoyed sharing it with these cool chicks, and seeing some new world record holders come home to Australia. I just love this stuff!
After further consideration my reaction is relief. That might seem strange; I should be delighted, over-joyed and proud. At various times I have felt all of those emotions, but for me the overarching emotion is that of relief. Because this was an achievement that I would have shared with my best friend; only in losing her I felt that I had lost my courage.
My journey to this achievement started in when I attended a P3 Big-way camp. Three Aussie girls shared a house with two Canadians and a Texan and had a great time and learnt lots.
I managed to be part of a way at that event. That goal was achieved and was followed by the Australian Large FS Records in and I was being drawn into being part of the planned way. I had even received my invitation to the way in Dubai. In a matter of seven months two wonderful women were lost to the sport.
Both were good friends; and one of them was my best friend. I was jumping with her, overseas at the time. We all know that this sport is dangerous — it says so on our parachutes — and so I supported those who needed it, cried many tears, and after a month put my rig on my back and jumped.
I was coping very well, mentoring novices, encouraging those who had doubts to come jumping, and accepting that sometimes bad things happen. Eight months after I had lost my best friend I was back at that very drop zone doing the thing that she loved — Big-ways — The California State Record way to be exact.
That event was a successful event; the way was achieved, but for me it was a disaster. My heart and head were somewhere else and my flying was terrible. I was moved into different slots, being given every opportunity to get my act together, but each time I got in the plane and tried to visualise the jump during the climb to height, all I could think of was the loss of my friend. I persisted for several days watching myself on the video debriefs and knowing that I was not flying well and almost hoping that I would get the tap on the shoulder from the sector captain.
I had lost my nerve. The captain, not a person I knew very well, was very understanding and indicated that they thought I was just having a bad event. My response — If I had been the captain and watched how I had been flying I would have stood me down on the second day! So I stood down from the event. The captain made one request of me. To go up and do a solo jump at last light and remember the wonderful things and people that had brought me into the sport and kept me there. I adhered to the request and was grateful that he had suggested it.
Having performed so poorly on this event I knew that my slot on the way was under review. I received the inevitable email from the way organisers. I knew I had some soul searching to do — could I continue? The event was cancelled and so the opportunity to face my demons was lost. In an Aussie contingent went to Perris. A POPs record and a large sequential record were achieved and I was part of that, but the events of still haunted me.
There was excitement throughout the female Big-way community. I had only been a part of the event but the atmosphere was something to be remembered. I thought long and hard and decided I had lost my nerve for good and politely declined any invitations I received to the event.
I really was torn. My head very nearly won the battle. The last excuse being the closest to the truth. So what eventually made me decide to be a part of the two-point way? I was fortunate to have participated in a W. The rest of the time I had been organising Star Crests — 8 to ways with me as the Base. What was I thinking?!
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Just to try to calm my nerves, I agreed to participate in a 5km colour run on the morning before the event started. It would help deal with jetlag.
Having never done a 5km road run before, I focused my attention on being capable of doing the run and not shaming myself. On the day I flew out of Australia, the dive plan and slots were posted. The Aussie ladies were scattered throughout the formation. I was in the Base 30, first row of divers out of the lead Skyvan, middle of a line of four with the sector stinger docking between me and the person to my left. The organisers were looking after me. This was a slot that needed strength, to stop any tension being passed into the Base, but was one I was easily capable of.
This was now real. I was on my way and my name was on slot C9. At registration and throughout the event I got to catch up with lots of old friends but I also got to meet lots of new ones.
It appeared to me that whilst there was strength in this group of women, there were also a lot of women who had limited Big-way experience. In fact, there were many who achieved their triple digit dive patch during this event.
Some of these lovely ladies were strong 4-way and 8-way jumpers, but had not done a lot of Big-way jumping. They were hungry to achieve that is their competitive nature but not used to Big-way methods. You can feel very exposed when you make a mistake and there are fifty or more sets of eyes watching you on the video debrief.
It was during a discussion about this that I realised that whilst I was facing my demons, there were many others that were facing theirs. We were all in this together. Let the games begin. Throughout the event my role was pretty much the same whether we were doing ways, ways or the final way.
I exited from the Skyvan as an early diver, just off the Base, built the 4-way line, held strong as the sector docked behind me, held on tightly to the right-hand line anchor as the first pull-out was lifted from her grip and then held hands with my tracking team for a thousand feet before separation and deployment.
Each jump was obviously different; I was taken out on one of the practice jumps and ended up low on the formation unable to get back up. I was dismayed to hear of people who were injured and may not, or could not, participate further in the event, and was saddened to hear of people who were stood down because of inconsistency in their flying. We achieved our objective on the sixth day — jump twenty.
Wow, how great was that! Was I pleased to be part of it? Have I faced my demons? Would I do it again? How did I feel? Glad that I attended, happy to have done my job, pleased to have provided support to others, eager to improve my skills, but more than anything, relieved to have gotten back on the horse. The competition was completed in record time thanks to the lift capacity of multiple Twin Otters available and a determined Meet Director.
The Aussie team had a very constructive training camp, which was filled with purpose, structure and direction. The team had a day off to go to The Space Centre, watch a satellite launch and have an amazing tour of the facility. The Aussie contingent was the most cohesive and best-dressed team, with admiral performances and moments from everyone. Just about met those goals, with just zero in Distance keeping me out of an overall top ten. An eighth in Speed though showed me that I actually can fly these beasts and compete with the top guys in the world — as could all the guys on the team; such an awesome performance by everyone.
So proud of all the boys, especially Kev for smashing it for a gold biscuit and Aussie Speed record, Angry and his new Aussie Distance record, and all of the personal bests by everybody.
Our on-site support team was invaluable; Sharney and Ronnie made our jobs a hell of a lot easier and more comfortable. I had a great competition and I was extremely happy with the way that I was flying, although the score in Zone Accuracy does not reflect this.
The highlight for me was when I smashed one of my personal goals of setting a triple-digit score in Distance during competition by getting I would like to thank all of the Competitors, Officials, Judges and Skydive City for an amazing event. Thank you to my sister-in-law Fiona Smith, and my parents Sid and Julie Farrell for travelling to Bathurst to help my beautiful wife Rosemary with our two amazing boys and making life significantly easier for us while I am away chasing my dreams.
You are all amazing and I cannot thank you enough. This year I felt the best I ever have with my turn and training. The first day was an awesome one with a new personal best in Speed of 2. From there I made mistake after mistake. I ended up with my worst overall placing to date. All of the guys helped me pick my head up and focus on the next day. I have learned a lot this Meet and these mistakes can only make me stronger for times ahead.
Thank you to all my family and friends who have helped me get where I am today. Without you all, it would be a lot harder. It was an amazing experience to share with a great bunch of people. Many thanks go to everyone who made it possible, from the competitors to Sharney and Super Coach. Usually the camp finale, we moved it earlier to allow time to judge before campers trickled off home.
Hurricane Factory kindly let us use their InTime Scoring system to judge. Flying skills were all showcased, as were the benefits of training good head space, and everyone got a glimpse of their personal secret weapon for FS success. Unusual as the coaching switch is, we gained enormous benefit from the different perspectives and reinforcing similarities we were given insight into as the current 4-Way World Champion took over to guide us through the rounds.
With a vastly different style to Marco, Roy too is a fantastic coach and dedicated far more time than we expected from him. No detail was too much effort for him and we spent almost all the time between rounds prepping with Roy for the next. Round 5 found us under-prepped, having spent the time trying to fix my suit while keeping the gripper accessible for builds — eventually settling on gaffer tape inside and out for a slippery, weak-seamed suit that would have to do.
Unfortunately, this was a fast round 5-K-D-O so the impact of under-preparedness and distraction was even bigger. I came away wanting to apologise to Marco for wasting his never-more-appropriate advice better on this round when we needed it most. And - real or imagined — my suit just flew funny.
But once again, it emphasised the value of the mental game. Some recovery for the remaining rounds and we placed 8th with an What we gained in experience — the camp, the coaching and the indoor meet — is invaluable and indescribable. The massive and growing tunnel industry is exciting personally and for the sport. Our skills are improving at unprecedented rates and we have access to competitions and media exposure beyond anything imagined just a few years back.
We dusted ourselves off from the downs and puffed up with pride at the highlights. Contact Claire for more information. Paradise Beach in Jeffreys Bay Contact: The registration fee of R includes boogie registration, a t-shirt and the prize giving event.
Exit altitude is R — ft with jumps costing R The competition will be run over 10 rounds, however, depending on attendance, we may have a cut at Round 6 and Round 8. You will only pay for the jumps that you do. Contact Simba for information. If you want to be part of this cool discipline and vibe, all you have to do is get yourself onto a Novice 4-way team, and to get yourself onto a team you can ask around the FS flyers on your DZ, ask your FS Coach for a nudge in the right direction or contact one of your FS Committee members, but do not leave this till the last moment and loose out.
The objective of these 4-way skills events… yes you guessed it, FUN, but more importantly to get likeminded junior 4-way FS flyers together and to facilitate the matching of suitable potential team members. This is the event where juniors get to mingle and learn from seniors and coaches, everything you can learn on the ground and during dirt diving is for free, mahala!
And you will get a full debrief on the camera footage after the jump. This is an event where new starter teams and newbies to FS competition can be inspired. The SSA will be sponsoring, depending on the interest, demand and availability on the day, coaching slots for Novice teams up to a maximum of 12 slots per event. Jumpers will have to cover their own slots as well as their portion of the camera slots.
If you are already in a Novice or Intermediate team, please do enter the event as part of your preparation for nationals. The learning opportunity of having a senior or coach or two! It might just be the one point difference between a team medal and losing out……and you get to check out the competition! We operate from the Margate Airport which is not new to our skydiving community and has been a fantastic destination for skydiving for many years.
Our goal is to primarily operate with a Turbine Aircraft and will be hosting regular sports events.