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News and views on the world of indoor skydiving

Magic in Montreal. Now bring on the Olympics!

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of representing the UK at the World Indoor Skydiving Championships at iFLY Montreal in Canada. It was a great experience that left me excited for the future of our growing sport.

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Wayne's World

Wayne Loxton is Director of the International Bodyflight Association, the trade body for Indoor Skydving. The premier event of the year in Wayne's world is the World Championships which have just taken place in Montreal, Canada. Here's what Wayne had to say about them:

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Welcome to the stage: Virtual Skydive

According to Mark Bridge, writing in the Times recently, virtual reality headsets could become the opera glasses of the 21st century, allowing concert goers at the back of the auditorium, with the help of a VR (virtual reality) headset, to take a front row seat, or even jump on stage with the band! If our recent experience is anything to go by, we think he could be on to something.

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Science field trips and writing stories: a modern combination

In a recent article, Mike Hollinshead highlighted that the key to getting young people interested in pursuing a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is to help them learn through experience. In the United States, the iFLY champion doing exactly this, is Christina Soontorvant.

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STEM experiences are the key to attracting and maintaining student interest

Entry level jobs for students of Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering are among the highest paid in the country. Yet recent research suggests a skills shortage crisis is just around the corner. Mike Hollinshead, from iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Manchester, argues more needs to be done to enable kids to experience the power of these subjects, not just study them in a classroom, if we are to produce sufficient numbers of scientists and engineers in the future.

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