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Did You Know...

... that Vana Parker owns the highest outdoor average of the NFTO members so far?

Voodoo at the UK Nationals 2014
posted Jul 27th, 2018 - The NSL News reported recently that NFTO, the British national team in 4-way Women, competed with new team member Sian Stokes at the Hib Cup last weekend and finished with the team's first 20+ average after the six scheduled rounds.

The story looked back at the history of the new team member and the relationship between her teams, 4mula and Volition, and NFTO in the past years. Sian Stokes trained and competed with Team 4mula when NFTO was formed in 2015. The story pointed out that Sian Stokes' teams were always ahead of NFTO at any meets that both teams attended ever since.

The history of new team mates Vana Parker and Sian Stokes goes actually further back than to the beginnings of NFTO. In fact, both were not in the original lineup of the current British national team in 4-way Women. Sian Stokes trained and competed with Team 4mula, while Vana Parker was a Voodoo member, South Africa's national team in 4-way Open between 2001 and 2012.

Voodoo continued to train and compete in Great Britain after the last world meet for South Africa and eventually won the UK Nationals in 2014, which was also the first national championship for Sian Stokes with Team 4mula.

UK Nationals 2014
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class B,O,7,22 20,J,10 9,M,E,18 12,2,Q N,P,F,13 4,G,19 A,6,H,C 8,L,D,15 14,16,3 5,1,17 Total Avg
1 Voodoo 20 15 24 16 24 18 26 17 16 19 195 19.5
2 Vision 99 20 16 22 16 22 16 22 17 16 18 185 18.5
3 Kaizen 21 15 23 16 20 17 24 17 15 16 184 18.4
4 4mula 16 15 19 16 23 16 21 17 15 16 174 17.4
5 Bodyflight Isis 18 15 21 13 19 17 22 17 15 16 173 17.3
6 Eclipse 15 14 18 12 19 14 21 13 13 17 156 15.6
7 DWS 16 11 18 11 17 14 17 15 11 14 144 14.4
8 Anti Matter 15 12 17 11 16 13 17 14 12 14 141 14.1
9 Raykipo 17 15 18 13 16 14 12 14 9 10 138 13.8
10 Festina Lente 17 12 17 12 10 14 15 13 9 14 133 13.3
FAI bronze medals: NFTO in 2016
Vana Parker with Voodoo was always ahead of Team 4mula until Voodoo eventually discontinued after the Bodyflight Revenge in October 2015. The 19.5 average at the UK Nationals 2014 is the highest number that any of the current NFTO members have posted in a 10-round meet.

There was one exception though where Sian Stokes outscored Vana Parker. It was the Bodyflight Revenge in October 2014 where Sian Stokes joined forces with XL members Steve Hamilton and John McIver and Satori's Ian Hodgkinson. Team 4mula did not attend the meet, and Full Stop XL with Sian Stokes won the meet with a 25.3 average, Voodoo placed second with 23.6.

Vana Parker continued with Voodoo for another year, and Sian Stokes was back with Team 4mula in 2015. However, Voodoo had turned into an indoor team and attended four indoor meets in 2015, while Team 4mula focused on outdoor competition only. Both teams never met each other at another meet before Vana Parker joined NFTO for the 2016 season.

NFTO was already qualified for the FAI World Meet 2016 as the British national team in 4-way Women after the UK Nationals 2015, and Vana Parker won her first FAI bronze medal with the British team in Chicago.

Bodyflight Revenge 2014
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class E,16,15 2,B,6 4,8,13 L,5,10 9,20,22 1,G,11 J,M,Q,O,3 C,P,A,12 K,7,21 19,18,F Total Avg
1 Full Stop XL 25 26 19 24 23 22 34 29 27 24 253 25.3
2 Voodoo 26 24 17 24 21 19 32 26 24 23 236 23.6
3 Vision 99 22 20 17 22 21 20 32 23 22 19 218 21.8
4 Kaizen 22 21 16 20 20 18 29 24 23 20 213 21.3
5 Bodyflight Isis 20 24 17 19 15 19 29 25 23 21 212 21.2
FAI silver medals: Volition in 2017
Sian Stokes won her own FAI medal a year later in a different category. She had joined the indoor team Volition and competed for Great Britain in 4-way Women at the FAI Indoor World Meet 2017 where her team finished in second place.

Another year later, both former Open Class competitors will now try to win their next FAI medals together. It will be outdoor competition in 4-way Women at the FAI World Meet in Australia where NFTO has a good chance to turn the bronze medals of 2016 into silver.

Last weekend's 20.3 average at the Hib Cup is promising, even though it was a 6-round meet with two fast sequences. However, the new lineup has a different goal anyway. It is Voodoo's 19.5 outdoor average at the UK Nationals 2014 that NFTO is aiming at.

A higher result in Australia would bring all current NFTO members on the same outdoor record level in British 4-way Women history, and it would probably be enough to win the silver medals, as well. However, turning the 20.3 average for a 6-round meet into a 20+ average after ten rounds is probably just as appealing...

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