World’s Best Skydivers flock to the UK
Next weekend (The 29th & 30th of March) The UK will for the 3rd time play host to one of the most important international sporting competitions in the World.
Bodyflight Bedford, the World’s largest wind tunnel, will host the indoor skydiving World Challenge which sees teams travel to the UK from as far a field as Russia, South Africa, America, and from all over Europe.
The competition is split into two categories; Formation skydiving where teams of four demonstrate their accuracy and skill in creating formations, and Free Fly which is more artistic as teams perform routines in free fall.
“It is really encouraging to hear skydivers from all over the world talk about coming to the UK for what they consider as a competition of high prestige” says marketing manager Matt Ariano. “This year’s competition is being covered by Sky Sports and ABC news which just demonstrates the growing interest in the sport.”
Last years competition was dominated by American teams who took gold in both the formation skydiving and artistic categories. This year, the all female National British team Bodyflight Storm will be in with a real chance of claiming Gold for the UK.
“After winning the UK nationals in the summer we are looking forward to the Bodyflight World Challenge as our next big competition.” Says Claire ‘Sparky’ Scott, two times Formation skydiving World champion and Storm team member. “We are training hard for the competition. The standard of competition skydiving has risen
The competition is a huge money meet with a prize pot of £20,000 up for grabs. Last years competition was a resounding success as it was dubbed:
“The most significant international competition for skydivers ever held in the UK”
by Skydive magazine.
Since opening in August 2005, Bodyflight has become recognised within the skydiving world as the best place to train as it is unrivalled for space and air quality. The massive 4.5 meter propeller can generate wind speeds of up to 170mph. Simulating freefall and allowing people to really fly.
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