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... that Pajama Pumas win AAA Class weekend with new member Jodie-Leigh Foster?

Pajama Pumas' 2018 lineup
posted Jun 11th, 2019 - The scores of the British 4-way teams have been added to last weekend's leaderboard. The AAA Class winner is Pajama Pumas, who placed themselves in front of the three German teams.

The NSL News had introduced British 4-way team Pajama Pumas with the update on 19 September 2017. It was at the end of the team's AA Class season that they finished with a 2nd place at the UK Nationals. Pajama Pumas had started with a 0.2 average in the Rookie Class of 2016 and wrapped up the first team year with a 10.9 average and the 1st place in the A Class at the ESL Championship 2016.

They moved up into the AA Class in 2017 and placed 2nd at the national championships with an 11.4 average, after a 1-point battle over eight rounds with Salty Jacks. The impressive progression continued in the AAA Class last year, and a 14.1 outdoor average at the UK Nationals was in the team records, after Wind Games, World Challenge and three meets of the United Kingdom Skydiving League (UKSL).

With Paul Colman stepping down at the end of the 2018 season to take a break from skydiving, there was space for a new team Pajama Puma, Jodie-Leigh Foster.The scores of the British 4-way teams have been added to last weekend's leaderboard. The AAA Class winner is Pajama Pumas, who placed themselves in front of the three German teams.


NSL Meet Weekend June 8th, 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 22,13,Q 11,6,E F,K,L,18 20,J,M,15 16,12,7 O,C,17,2 A,3,4 8,P,B,14 G,1,10 9,N,H,5 Total Avg
1 Pajama Pumas  UK  12 12 16 13 7 13 - - - - 60 12.2
2 Paranodon 2019  DE  11 11 12 12 10 12 10 10 8 15 56 11.1
3 Dark Energy  DE  10 12 12 12 9 13 11 7 10 14 55 11.0
4 Titten und Bier  DE  10 12 11 10 11 8 10 11 8 13 54 10.4
5 AZ Defiance  US  10 11 14 8 9 12 - - - - 52 10.7
6 Air-W  CH  9 8 8 11 8 8 9 10 9 9 44 8.9
7 Jerry's Kidz  US  8 7 8 9 9 9 - - - - 41 8.3
7 Arizona Windfall  US  6 8 10 8 9 - - - - - 41 8.2
9 Cors  DE  8 9 9 6 6 9 7 8 6 9 38 7.7

While Pajama Pumas were progressing, Jodie-Leigh Foster earned her first 4-way wings at Skydive Langar at the beginning of the 2017 season with team 3fall. Her progression was similar to Pajama Pumas, as she posted an 11.7 average in the A Class a year later at the UK Nationals 2018 and won the gold medals with Cloud Busters.
Cloud Busters in 2018: Mike Swann, Scott Brettle, Jamie Ball, Jodie-Leigh Foster, Matt Cumming (coach), Ian Rayner (camera)
Pajama Puma Matt Cumming was coaching Cloud Busters in 2018, and Jodie-Leigh Foster's A Class team (Scott Brettle, Mike Swann, Jamie Ball) won every UKSL meet and the UK Nationals in this category.

Cloud Busters finished off the 2018 season at the Revenge in Bedford, where they won the AA Class competition with a 16.8 average.

Jodie-Leigh Foster and Michael Swann had coach Matt Cumming and another Pajama Puma, Paul Willcock, in their lineup at the Revenge.

Both Pajama Pumas were impressed how Jodie-Leigh Foster copied their own progression at the beginning of their 4-way career. She had gone from 3.4 in the Rookie Class of 2017 to the 16.8 indoor average a year later in the AA Class.

Jodie-Leigh Foster made new plans for the 2019 season and agreed to join a AAA Class team skipping the AA Class after only one event in this category, the Revenge in October 2018.


World Challenge 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class P,H,Q,5 19,16,E L,3,2 B,A,22,D J,14,8 11,M,G,1 15,21,18 7,O,4 C,N,K,13 20,6,F Total Avg
1 NMP-PCH Hayabusa BE 52 32 28 39 29 32 28 34 42 31 347 34.7
2 Arizona Airspeed US 48 30 27 37 27 31 25 33 36 28 322 32.2
3 IFS-Moscow RU 44 29 26 33 27 29 23 33 34 31 309 30.9
4 Qatar Tigers QA 44 29 26 35 24 29 24 31 32 31 305 30.5
5 SDC Rhythm XP US 46 28 24 32 25 29 24 31 35 27 301 30.1
6 Airheads CH 44 28 22 36 24 27 19 29 33 26 288 28.8
7 Weembi Unicorns FR 43 28 23 32 23 28 19 28 33 26 283 28.3
8 ISR FireFlash BE 40 26 24 33 24 25 19 25 28 26 270 27.0
9 NFTO UK 35 25 24 29 24 25 20 27 30 24 263 26.3
10 Odin Parachute Systems FR 35 28 21 29 22 25 20 25 29 25 259 25.9
10 Chimera UK 36 24 21 27 23 27 21 25 29 26 259 25.9
12 ACM Weembi UK 38 22 24 28 21 24 21 25 29 26 258 25.8
13 Gavroche Weembi FR 38 27 23 26 21 25 14 27 28 23 252 25.2
14 Tenanine MR 37 25 22 22 20 24 19 26 29 22 246 24.6
15 FlySpot Sky4Four PL 36 19 18 26 20 22 19 25 21 21 227 22.7
16 Eros UK 27 21 22 24 19 23 17 24 27 21 225 22.5
17 Jazz Republic ZA 29 22 18 23 19 20 18 24 23 22 218 21.8
18 Falco BE 22 20 17 19 20 20 17 24 26 19 204 20.4
19 Blackjack FI 24 20 17 23 19 19 15 21 22 18 198 19.8
20 Pajama Pumas UK 27 21 16 21 19 19 16 21 20 17 197 19.7
21 Tempo FI 26 18 18 23 18 19 15 21 20 18 196 19.6
22 Aladeen HU 28 21 19 16 16 19 13 19 18 20 189 18.9
23 Alakran ES 26 18 12 18 17 21 17 23 18 18 188 18.8
24 FlyPonots FR 26 19 17 21 16 18 10 18 18 18 181 18.1
25 Nefertit UK 24 18 16 18 15 16 13 20 17 16 173 17.3
26 Windobona Angels ES 20 16 14 18 16 17 15 21 17 18 172 17.2
27 Ayro BE 16 18 15 18 17 15 14 19 19 17 168 16.8
28 Koloncok HU 21 16 13 19 14 16 15 19 18 16 167 16.7
29 Stardust BE 21 15 12 17 16 16 11 18 17 13 156 15.6
30 Nova CH 21 14 12 16 13 13 11 17 19 16 152 15.2
31 Barak ES 25 19 17 21 16 19 14 19 0 0 150 15.0
32 Wood Fella’s UK 17 13 10 16 13 13 11 17 19 13 142 14.2
33 Draconis UK 16 13 12 13 12 15 10 15 13 15 134 13.4
34 Free Burds IE 16 10 11 11 13 12 11 15 15 13 127 12.7

However, Jodie-Leigh Foster's original team plans for the 2019 season did not work out, and the new opportunity with the Pujama Pumas came up when Paul Colman decided to step back.
Pajama Pumas at the World Challenge 2019
Pajama Pumas re-arranged their previous slots completely for the new lineup: Matt Cumming from inside center to outside center, Paul Willcock from point to tail, Stefan "Potter" Cocksedge from tail to inside Center. Jodie-Leigh Foster continued in her point slot, while she had to learn the AA and AAA Class dive pool in A- and B-slots.

Jodie-Leigh Foster remembers that she was under pressure: "I was very nervous about whether I'd be able to learn all the AA and AAA blocks in point, as well as all of the randoms, A, AA and AAA blocks in outside center – especially when the other team members have already competed in AAA, and each have over three times as many jumps as me. It was hard work but also lots of fun – a really good challenge!"

The new team member seems to fit in very well, and the new lineup has already lived up to the challenge. Pajama Pumas posted two new team record averages in 2019 so far, first with the 19.7 at the World Challenge, followed by a 19.8 average at the Weembi Cup.

Pajama Pumas have even received an invitation by the British Parachute Association (BPA) to compete for the British delegation at the FAI World Cup in Eloy this October. They will join NFTO, Chimera and Eros as the 4th team in the 4-way Open Class.

Pajama Pumas 2019 lineup: Stefan "Potter" Cocksedge, Paul Willcock, Matt Cumming, Jodie-Leigh Foster (Not pictured: team videographer Paul Rimmington)
Matt Cumming said that his team gladly accepted the invitation: "We're very excited to be going to the World Cup! We'd only planned to fly in the tunnel this year, so hadn't thought that swapping slots would be much of an issue. Now that we have our World Cup invite, we've realized we need to get jumping. Our first training weekends were an interesting learning experience – who'd have thought everyone swapping slots would make the exits so much harder?!"

The first outdoor competition, with ACM member Marc Fletcher filling the inside center slot for Stefan Potter, was a great start into the 2019 season, as well, despite the exit troubles. Pajama Pumas finished on top of the international AAA Class leaderboard.

Jodie-Leigh Foster has now moved from her first 4-way team in 2017 to training for the FAI World Cup at Skydive Arizona in 2019. She and Pajama Pumas are a good match in the fast lane of 4-way progression. New coach, NFTO member Sian Stokes, fits just as well to the team speed and the progression. She will be able to be with the team at the world cup, where her own team wants to win in 4-way Women...

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