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Did You Know...

... that NFTO confirmed the 20+ level again in Australia?

UK gold medals in 2003: V-Max
posted Oct 20th, 2018 - 8-way and 4-way Women competition at the FAI World Meet 2018 both had lower participation compared to the previous world meet, while more 4-way Open Class teams competed in Australia than at Skydive Chicago in 2016.

France and Canada did not have 8-way teams at Gold Coast, as the NSL News mentioned yesterday, and five participating countries of 2016 (Belgium, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic, Denmark) did not send teams to the 4-way Women competition this month. Sweden was back with a team in this category after Fire had attended the FAI World Meet 2012 in Dubai.

France is back in the top spot of the 4-way Women competition that the Golden Knights had taken away at the FAI Word Meet 2016, after the French national teams won the title three consecutive times (2010 - 2012 - 2014).

The Aerodyne Weembi Girls did not only win the next gold medals for France in Australia far ahead of all other teams. They were also in 3rd place of the combined AAA Class leaderboard, as the NSL News reported on 15 October 2018.

FAI World Meet 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Women 21,L,B,G 22,18,17 19,7,O J,16,12 10,A,D,15 Q,M,F,C,N H,20,P,13 6,14,11 E,2,5 4,1,3 Total Avg
1 Aerodyne Weembi Girls FR 29 -1 20 24 22 25 56 -1 23 18 -2 22 18 -1 257 25.7
2 NFTO UK 20 -3 15 22 -1 19 18 38 -2 18 17 19 16 202 20.2
3 Team X SE 17 -3 10 -3 18 16 14 36 -3 15 -3 13 18 12 -1 169 16.9
4 Phoenix XP US 17 -2 12 17 14 15 -1 37 16 -1 12 -2 14 -2 13 167 16.7
4 Boomerang Betty AU 19 -1 11 -1 18 14 15 32 -2 15 13 17 13 167 16.7
6 Fuzion Voltige CA 17 -1 9 -2 18 14 15 -1 34 -2 14 -2 13 -2 14 -2 13 161 16.1
7 Skynamite DE 19 12 16 -1 14 14 -1 27 -1 13 -3 12 -1 15 12 -1 154 15.4

Teams from Great Britain had dominated the 4-way Women competition between 2003 and 2008 with three sets of gold medals (2003 - 2006 - 2008) before France took over, and it seems like the current British national team is on the way to challenging the French top position soon.

UK silver medals in 2018: NFTO
NFTO was formed when Kaizen, British national team in 4-way Women, discontinued after the 3rd place at the FAI World Meet 2014. The first lineup (Rai Ahmed, Ane Brentford, Anna Hicks, Maria Russell) qualified as the national team in 4-way Women at the UK Nationals 2015 and competed for Great Britain at the FAI World Meet 2016, where they defended the British bronze medals successfully.

It was already a good battle with the Canadian team Fuzion in 2016 before NFTO could bring home the next set of British bronze medals. It did not seem to become any easier for NFTO in 2017 when the same Fuzion lineup picked up the pace, while NFTO had to deal with personnel changes. Catherine Anderson had joined the team, and other random changes made a consistent progression difficult. NFTO eventually ended up on the same scoring level as in 2016.

The last change in the NFTO lineup came when former 4mula and Volition member Sian Stokes joined the team at the beginning of the 2018 season, while Fuzion lost young Valerie Bisson, who re-focused on her academic career.

FAI World Meet 2016
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Women 12,A,16 18,15,O 1,F,E,C 17,B,14 10,2,20 21,11,G J,5,19 L,M,K,7 D,8,4 3,13,Q Total Avg
1 Golden Knights  US  21    21    30    20 -2 17    19    24    35    20    17 -2  224 22.4
2 French Girls  FR  21    18    30 -1 23    17    18 -2 24    34    18 -1 14     217 21.7
3 NFTO  UK  17    15    21    19    13    16    18    26 -1 17    13 -1  175 17.5
4 Parachute Montreal Fuzion  CA  18    15 -1 19 -1 16 -2 14    16    17 -2 25    17    14     171 17.1
5 Les Stunts  BE  15    14    20 -1 16    11 -1 13    16    24    15    13     157 15.7
6 Bellatrix  AU  13    12    20 -1 16    12    13    15    22    13    14     150 15.0
7 Skymix  DE  13    11    15 -1 15    12    13    14    23    12    12 -1  140 14.0
8 No Mercy  PL  14    14    19 -1 13 -1 9    11 -1 12 -2 19 -4 14    11 -1  136 13.6
9 Infra Red Band  RU  15    12 -1 16 -3 13 -1 9 -2 11    13    17 -2 14    10     130 13.0
10 CZ Ladies  CZ  11    11    14 -1 13    9    10    12    19    9 -2 10     118 11.8
11 Valkyria  DK  10    8    16    10    9    10    11 -1 17 -2 12    10     113 11.3

Fuzion had to bring new tail Stephanie Longchamps up to speed, and NFTO moved up to the 20-average level that the team confirmed two times at UK events before traveling to Australia.

Fuzion Voltige at the FAI World Meet 2018
After battling for the bronze medals in 2016, NFTO and Fuzion drifted apart at the world meet this month. NFTO turned the bronze medals of 2016 into silver in Australia and had as little competition for the 2nd place as Aerodyne Weembi had for the top spot in 4-way Women.

Fuzion Voltige on the other hand was back on a similar performance and scoring level as in 2016 and 2017, which was barely enough to be engaged in the battle for bronze medals this year. Team X from Sweden, U.S. team Phoenix XP and Australia's Boomerang Betty had all caught up to the 16+ level.

The Canadian team collected 12 point deductions in this battle for bronze medals, which was too much to keep up with Team X, even though the Swedish team lost even more points in the judging room. The 16.1 average was only enough for the 6th place this time.

NFTO accomplished the 2nd place goal with the next 20+ average and could be aiming even higher. There are two years until the next UK gold medals in this event could be in reach, 12 years after Bodyflight Storm won the last gold medals for the UK delegation in Maubeuge 2008...

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