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It was not only the occasion of the event in France, near Jérémie Rollett's home in Paris, that connected the coach of the Qatar Tigers 4-way team with the Qatar Falcons. Jérémie Rollett and Falcons 8-way coach Gary Smith have switched jobs since the FAI World Meet 2018.
Both teams and their coaches are currently training at Skydive City in Florida, and the NSL News used the opportunity to meet with Jérémie Rollett and Gary Smith yesterday for a new NSL Live Talk.
Switching the jobs and responsibilities was not really very surprising for the two Qatar coaches. They said that they have discussed this option ever since they started working with Qatar's Formation Skydiving delegation. It did not happen earlier since both coaches have been very successful with their work. Gary Smith and the Qatar Falcons won the first FAI Formation Skydiving medals for their country with the 3rd place in 8-way at the FAI World Meet 2018, and Jérémie Rollett guided the Qatar Tigers to the 4th place in 4-way Open.
FAI World Meet 2018
FAI World Meet 2018
He handed over the French national teams to his former team mate Mathieu Bernier in 2015 and continued with the Qatar Tigers.
Gary Smith won two 4-way world championship titles, the first one with DeLand Majik in 2004, followed by DeLand Fire in 2006. He became a professional coach after his active competition career and eventually guided NMP PCH HayaBusa to three consecutive world championship titles in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
He was also player coaching the Dutch national 8-way team M8trix until 2015 and met the Qatar Falcons 8-way team as opponents at a few meets. The Qatar Falcons eventually outscored M8trix at the team's last meet with Gary Smith and after he had started his new 8-way coaching job.
FAI World Cup 2015
In the same time period, Gary Smith was working with the Qatar Falcons and NMP PCH HayaBusa both. He won 4-way gold with the Belgians in 2016 and 2018 and added the 8-way bronze medals with the Qatar team in Australia.
Both coaches have challenging tasks ahead of them after switching internally. Jérémie Rollett has to try turning the bronze medals into something even better. However, he has the 8-way gold medal experience to make it happen. Gary Smith has to make the next step with the Qatar Tigers, which would have to be a 4-way medal position in Tanay 2020.
Gary Smith could eventually run into a situation with a serious conflict of interest. The Belgian 4-way world champions would probably not be too happy if their coach was working with one of the toughest opponents. The Qatar Tigers are not seriously threatening NMP PCH HayaBusa yet. However, it will be Gary Smith's goal to bring them exactly to that point. No matter what - tighter competition will be even more exciting for the teams and for the audience...