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Did You Know...

... that the 8-way coverage transitions from Germany to Australia?

Airbus München with coach Marco Arrigo last weekend
posted Jul 30th, 2018 - The NSL News continues with 8-way coverage, even though there will be a geographical transition from Germany to Australia. This transition is not only based on the fact that the German skydiving federation is now purchasing tickets for Airbus München to Gold Coast down under.

The German 8-way team will still post even more current scores at the national championships at the end of August before traveling to Australia. This time, Airbus has to finish only with a 12.5 average to qualify for next year's international events, and this benchmark is not even a challenge any longer after the 13.8 last weekend.

The new NSL-TV videos feature the ten qualification rounds and a special jump for Linda Koeb, who made her 1000th skydive during the last training on Friday before the qualification. Team videographer Erik Lorenz said that she only was not caked because the team was still in the middle of the training. The video also shows the live competition draw with FAI Judge Karla Cole and coach Marco Arrigo in a quite casual atmosphere.

The 8-way transition from Germany to Australia comes also with the fact that the Australian national 8-way team JYR8 are preparing themselves in the meantime for the visit of the other best 8-way teams in the world, and Germany was one of the closest opponents at the last confrontation, the FAI Mondial 2016 at Skydive Chicago.

FAI Mondial 2016
12345678910TotalAvg
Rank8-way Open12,A,1618,15,O1,F,E,C17,B,1410,2,2021,11,GJ,5,19L,M,K,7D,8,43,13,QTotalAvg
1Golden KnightsUS3125262220221926242423923.9
2FranceFR2220251816191723192019919.9
3TanayRU2319251714161621201919019.0
4Qatar FalconsQA191620157101316151514614.6
5Microclim8UK1514161411131314131714014.0
6Airbus MünchenDE1615171111131214121513613.6
7AustraliaAU131314129131215101412512.5
8DivergenceCA11109118108101111999.9
9BrazilBR11810959911813939.3
Australia's 8-way team with coach Kirk Verner at the FAI Mondial 2016
Australia is one of the few countries that have attended all world meets with an 8-way team since 1985, except for one time in Menzelinsk 2010, as the NSL News reported on 21 December 2016.

At the time of the last world meet, the 8-way teams did not even know that Australia would host this year's event. The Australian skydiving federation had presented a bid to the FAI/IPC, and Rob Libeau, National Development Manager of the Australian Parachute Federation, was at Skydive Chicago as a visitor and observer.

The Australian 8-way team JYR8 became the home team when Gold Coast was chosen as the host for this year's event. JYR8 is a combination of some of the most experienced Formation Skydiving competitors in Australia, and Airbus München and MicroClim8 both could face more opposition this year compared to the FAI Mondial 2016.

In fact, the eight team members together have accumulated competition experience from more than 25 world meets, with several members competing at their 6th world meet this year.

Rotor Out with coach Shannon Pilcher at the FAI Mondial 2016
Rob Thompson and Richard Strickland competed for Australia with XLR8 in 1999, 2001 and 2003, then in 4-way with Rotor Out in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Gary Nemirovsky and Sas Di Sciascio competed for Australia in 4-way with Airtite in 2004, 2006 and 2008, then with Rotor Out in 2012 and 2014 respectively. They also rejoined to compete for the first time in 8-way with Innuendo in 2016.

Russell Blackman competed with the Next Gen 8-way team in Dubai 2012 and in Prostejov 2014, then with Innuendo in 2016. Ann Marie Jarzebowski competed for Sweden in 4-way Women in 1999 and 2001 and 15 years later for Australia in the same event at the FAI Mondial 2016. She will be doing double duties this year as a member of Australia's team in 4-way Women.

Tanya Cale was in Australia's 4-way Women lineup in 2008 and 2012. She has different double duties than Ann Marie Jarzebowski this year, as she was selected for replacing 4-way Open Class team Rotor Out's Steph Bensley who stepped aside after this year's national championship.

Andrew Barker competed in 8-way with Next Gen and Russell Blackman in 2008, and Pete Anderson on camera will have his first world meet experience after 28 years in the sport.

FAI World Meet 1999
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 8-way Open 15,7,13 B,12,E,3 20,K,11 23,H,J F,2,8 D,6,P,22 N,A,M,G,16 21,L,14 10,C,4 1,9,O Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed  US  22 25 20 20 16 22 25 19 21 21 211 21.1
2 Russia  RU  20 23 20 23 14 19 26 19 22 23 209 20.9
3 Maubeuge  FR  15 21 22 23 13 21 26 19 20 20 200 20.0
4 Australia  AU  15 18 12 10 12 16 20 14 14 16 147 14.7
5 Japan  JP  12 12 11 11 11 12 14 13 10 13 119 11.9
6 Germany  DE  13 13 12 12 9 10 15 10 11 10 115 11.5
7 Great Britain  UK  11 10 10 9 9 10 14 12 10 - 95 10.6
8 Spain  ES  4 12 11 7 9 11 14 11 10 - 89 9.9
9 Belgium  BE  10 9 7 9 8 10 12 11 10 - 86 9.6
10 South Africa  ZA  7 7 10 9 5 12 9 10 11 - 80 8.9
11 Flying Dutchmen  NL  7 9 9 8 6 9 13 11 7 - 79 8.8
12 Austria  AT  7 7 5 6 5 7 9 10 - - 56 7.0
13 Italy  IT  5 5 7 9 3 8 8 7 - - 52 6.5
Bellatrix for Australia at the FAI Mondial 2016
It seems like Australia has recruited the strongest 8-way lineup possible, and Airbus München and MicroClim8 both will have to expect the Aussies on a different scoring level than in 2016. The 12.9 average at the national championship early this year was only a starting point.

The 2018 lineup came together late in 2017 for the sole purpose of putting Australia's best effort into representing the country on home turf. Last time in 1999, Australia placed 4th in 8-way with a 14.7 average, which is still standing as the highest result in Australian 8-way history. There is no doubt that the 14.7 average of 1999 is in the back of this lineup's mind, and the 4th place is in reach again this year.

Coach Pete Allum got the 2018 lineup on the way, and Craig Girard prepared JYR8 for the early nationals, where the team had no competition.

JYR8 has scheduled eight to nine more hours of indoor training and 150 training jumps leading up to the world meet, and they will all be under the direct supervision of Craig Girard, who is also coaching the Russian 8-way team from Tanay. There is no doubt that the 12.5 average of 2016 will be left far behind. The only question is how close JYR8 will get to the standing national 8-way record average of 1999. JYR8 members Rob Thompson and Richard Strickland own the record and will try to break it 19 years later...

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