... that almost 80 % of the best Canadian 4way competitors are female?
Katie Woods with Evolution
posted Nov 17th, 2013 -
Fans of the Indoor Cloud League have probably seen by now that a new group has joined the monthly competition. SkyVenture Montreal has posted the score and video for the first category and will add other ones later. Now there are groups from three different countries participating in the new international project.
The 19-pointer in the AAA Class is very competitive, and no member of the Canadian national world class 4way team Evolution was in the lineup. In fact, the score would qualify for IPC's female 4way category, as the Canadian AAA Class lineup at SkyVenture Montreal consisted of Johanie Boucher, Genny Guerin, Melanie L-Guerin and Monika Wittmer.
Female 4way competitors have taken a significant position in Canada, as the rankings and results of the Canadian Nationals 2013 were showing earlier this year. Three of the TOP 4 teams in Canada were female lineups, and Evolution also has Katie Woods in the Point slot.
In addition, Continuum in 5th place and Runway 4 in 6th place each had three female team members. In total, the Canadian teams in the first six places had 19 female competitors and five males. That accounts for 79% of the best 4way competitors in Canada.
SkyVenture Montreal's Vice President Marketing/Communications, Melanie L-Guerin, explained for the Sun Path Products NSL News that many girl teams have started training again, getting ready for the 2nd Canadian Indoor Skydiving Championship: "Girls continue to kick butt in Canada in the skydiving and wind tunnel world."
Melanie L-Guerin is one example on her own. She was a member of AA Class team BackClap who won Canadian gold medals in this category at the indoor and outdoor championships - with two more female team mates, Jennyfer Caron and Karyna Dallaire.
Monika Wittmer was also in the 19-pointer lineup for the Indoor Cloud League November sequence. She was a Fuzion member when the new Canadian national team in the female 4way category won the qualification at the very competitive national championships this year.
Johanie Boucher, Genny Guerin and Melanie L-Guerin knew each other from training and competing together in 2012. They now decided to get back together and take on the AAA Class sequence for November with Monika Wittmer.
Sisters Genny and Melanie L-Guerin are not only training and competing together. They love to fly and also run the SkyVenture Montreal operation for their father Alain Guerin who owns the wind tunnel. They have more work to come soon since father Alain Guerin is opening another tunnel in Toronto. Melanie L-Guerin added that her sister Genny is also an exceptionnaly talented freeflyer, one of only a few in Canada: "She is one of the girls who will be taking part in the women's vertical head down world record in November." It sounds like Canada may soon become a monthly Indoor Cloud League top contender...