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The Irish skydivers and competitors in Bedford are proud of the participation in the world's biggest international meet, as Celtic Air (AAA) member Ronan Whelan explained: "For a country with such a small skydiving population this is a great achievement."
He said that a small program called "Project 4 Way" is the main reason for the growing number of teams in Ireland and at the annual World Challenge: "Project 4 Way is a tunnel based program designed to help improve the individual skill set of Irish skydivers through 4way. It allows them to improve their skills within a team environment and also to gain great experience by competing at the Bedford World Challenge."
|World Challenge 2011||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|2||Team EB (UK)||15||10||12||14||15||12||11||21||22||14||146||14.6|
|3||Bodyflight Black Majik (UK)||8||9||15||11||13||11||11||9||19||11||117||11.7|
|5||Noo Your Other Left (IE)||9||6||9||5||7||8||8||9||17||5||83||8.3|
NYOL (Noo Your Other Left) was the first team in the 4way project and competed in the Rookie Class of the World Challenge 2011 proudly accepting the last place on the whole leaderboard.
NYOL is now Taranis and competes in the AA Class at the World Challenge 2013. Taranis even plans to scale up training and competition this year after the consistent 2-year progression.
Wind Shear is this year's new team in the Rookie Class. Ronan Whelen said that the team's progression has been promising, as well: "The Wind Shear members have very little experience and even less tunnel experience. However, their progression has been outstanding, and with a goal set, they are very determined."
Ireland's AAA Class team is comprised of the four team captains and player coaches for the project lineups. Head coach Sarah Cannon has her watchful eyes on all teams. Ronan Whelen said that she "gently persuaded us to enter the meet after seeing the player coaches fly together at the end of the January camp".
|World Challenge 2012||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|6||Tail Spin (IE)||14||6||10||9||9||15||10||10||21||8||112||11.2|
|7||The Odd Quad (IE)||14||10||9||8||6||16||10||12||16||10||111||11.1|
Ronan Whelen added that Project 4 Way teams have also won the Rookie Class events at the last two Irish Nationals, which shows that the program is working well. Taranis also picked up the 2nd place in the A Class at the UKSL meet in in Langer last year.
He said that the Irish Nationals are getting bigger and more popular each year. He is hoping that the Project 4 Way program will inspire even more teams to join: "Here's to a great and fun World Challenge 2013 in Bedford and for more teams forming and competing from the Emerald Isle."