In October of this year, I’ll be leading Team Volition, Britain’s Female Indoor 4-Way Formation Skydiving Team, on our travels to iFLY Montreal, Canada in October to compete at the World Indoor Skydiving Championships. Our goal is to improve on the bronze and silver medals we have won previously in Prague and Warsaw. It will be far from easy as we face stiff competition from the highly experienced and heavily funded French team.
It’s interesting to look back and remind myself that when I started skydiving in 1992, wind tunnels didn’t even exist! It wasn’t until I joined the British Female Formation Skydiving team in 1999 that I got my first taste of tunnel flying at iFLY’s first ever facility in Orlando. We found that flying in the tunnel was so similar to the real thing, that we, along with many other national teams, scheduled our training camps in Florida, so that we could combine tunnel flying with skydiving. The plan paid off and we won the World Championships in Australia later that year.
Did you know that romance and indoor skydiving have a deep and long lasting connection? It’s true.
With Valentine’s day just a few weeks away, once again we are reaching for those posters with the Love is in the Air (everywhere I look around) headlines. Yes, it’s time for that tunnel of love campaign to be rolled out once more.