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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
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
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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...