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Did You Know...

... that 61% of the World Challenge 2017 teams had mixed-gender lineups?

posted May 16th, 2017 - The World Challenge in Bedford has been the largest 4-way competition in the world for many years, and this year's event attracted once again the impressive number of 64 teams to the United Kingdom.

Besides the world class competition and the social aspect of teams from all parts of the world and of all kind of different performance levels the World Challenge is also a great opportunity to take a closer look at the composition of the lineups.

The field of teams in Bedford is always a very colorful mix of all 4-way categories, which have increased over the years.

World Challenge 2017
RankAAA ClassAvg
1NMP PCH HayaBusaBE33.1
2Weembi LilleFR33.0
3French Weembi GirlsFR30.3
4RealFly-SionFR29.5
5SDC Rhythm XPUS28.6
6Gavroche WeembiFR26.7
7IFS-MoscowRU26.6
7Espoir Saumur WeembiFR26.6
9VolitionUK24.9
10ISR FireFlashBE24.2
11ChimeraUK24.1
12Amnesya Fly-InIT23.9
13NFTOUK23.1
14ACMUK22.9
15TenanineMR22.5
16Pro TeamFI22.3
17SavoodooZA21.7
18HF Flying CircusCZ19.9
19AntimatterUK19.2
20Flyspot Sky4fourPL19.1
21Flyzone Les AffranchiseFR18.5
22AladeenHU18.1
23JETMAXBE17.7
24EquinoxLT17.4
25Corbas Coyotes JCMFR17.1
26ErosUK17.0
27H4OIE16.8
28FormihyrodynamitevisionxUK16.6
29SkyfoolUK16.4
30HF SkycentrumCZ15.6
31NovaSE14.3
32QuasarUK13.3
32Mental BloXUK13.3
The World Challenge began with only the AAA Class competition in 2006 and has been offering all four NSL categories (AAA - AA - A - Rookie) since 2011.

There is also the 4-way Women competition as a part of the event, and 4-way junior teams compete in Bedford, as well.

The Sun Path Products NSL News evaluated the composition of the lineups for the first time after the World Challenge 2016, where the female 4-way category was a topic for several interesting discussions.

World Challenge 2017
RankAA ClassAvg
1Skydive University SlovakiaSK20.6
2BahreinBH19.7
2AlakranES19.7
4HF Junior CubsCZ19.5
5HF Junior FliesCZ16.8
6KoloncokHU16.5
7TahmaFI15.8
8Zero!IT15.7
8Brain StormingIT15.7
10Salty JacksUK15.0
11VantageUK14.3
12BallistaIE13.8
13Lobster Therma4UK12.6
14ManticoreUK12.5
24% of the teams at the World Challenge 2016 had only male members, while 17% of the participating teams had all-female lineups. 59% of the teams consisted of different combinations of boys and girls.

The genders are only officially separated by FAI/IPC in the AAA Class. Teams of the other three competition classes (AA - A - Rookie) don't compete at FAI/IPC events, except for the 4-way juniors who apply the AA Class dive pool at FAI/IPC indoor events.

The 4-way juniors are not separated by gender at the indoor world meets or world cups.

World Challenge host Paul Mayer offers only the four NSL categories where all teams can find a leaderboard according to the performance level.

However, he will add a new World Youth Championship only for 4-way juniors to his events (World Challenge, Bodyflight Revenge), which will
World Challenge 2017
RankA ClassAvg
1Olczyk Flyspot TeamPL23.6
2Space MarinesIT19.3
3RandomIT14.1
4Poor 4CastUK13.7
5ReunitedNO12.8
6Got ShotsIE11.0
be held for the first time this year (September 23).

The evaluation of this year's World Challenge is showing very similar results as in 2016.

The vast majority of the teams (61%) still consist of mixed-gender combinations, which are slightly higher than in 2016 (59%).

There is also a slight change in the balance between all-male and all-female lineups, which was already leaning towards the boys who like to
World Challenge 2017
RankRookieAvg
1BahreinBH25.2
2Omega4wayPL24.6
3Aeropotam'sBE21.9
4ACT OneBE20.4
5JanasIT16.8
6VR-UNiQIE10.9
73CAADUK10.6
8HF Junior BlueCZ10.4
9Recruitz 1UK8.9
10CJ RookiesDK6.6
11Recruitz 2UK5.0
play alone (24% - 17%).

This year, there were even more boys with their exclusive lineups (28% - 11%).

A few teams switched the gender categories. One of them is Belgium's team JETMAX, who moved up into the AAA Class with a new female team member, Julie Regnier.

One interesting aspect of this topic is the fact that the best three teams at the World Challenge were all exclusive gender lineups, first two all-male teams (NMP PCH HayaBusa, Weembi Lille), followed by the French Weembi Girls.

They had two mixed-gender lineups right behind them in the Top 5, RealFly-Sion with Laurence Herve and SDC Rhythm XP with JaNette Lefkowitz.

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