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Did You Know...

... that Pajama Pumas and Alola complete the UK 4-way delegation for the FAI World Cup?

Pajama Pumas at the World Challenge 2019
posted Sep 11th, 2019 - The AAA Class field of the UK Nationals also included two more teams who will compete at the FAI Outdoor World Cup in Eloy next month. The NSL News mentioned earlier that NFTO, Chimera and Eros will compete for the British delegation in one of the 4-way categories.

The FAI rules for world cups allow a maximum of four teams to represent each country, while all five British teams were on the same leaderboard at the UK Nationals. However, the British delegation has options to chose from, as two of the five teams (NFTO - Alola) could also compete in 4-way Women. Chimera, Eros and Pajama Pumas with mixed-gender lineups can only compete in 4-way Open.

Alola qualified for this year's world cup at last year's national championship, as all British teams do. It was still a different way that brought Alola into the UK delegation. The top-ranked AAA Class teams earn the right to compete for Great Britain at a world cup, and the British Parachute Association (BPA) also offers the AA Class winner the same opportunity.

Alola was last year's AA Class champion and accepted the invitation, as several other previous AA Class winners have done.


UK Nationals 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 2,H,7 17,M,J,4 F,13,A,P 20,15,Q 10,21,1 12,22,C 9,E,11 D,K,L,8 O,18,B,16 6,5,19 Total Avg
1 NFTO UK 21 22 28 17 15 15 18 18 20 19 193 19.3
2 Chimera UK 20 20 26 15 15 13 22 20 17 19 187 18.7
3 Eros UK 21 20 25 17 15 14 19 19 18 17 185 18.5
4 4mula UK 19 18 24 16 14 14 19 18 18 15 175 17.5
5 Pajama Pumas UK 16 17 19 12 11 11 16 16 14 12 144 14.4
6 H40 IE 13 15 17 13 11 10 14 16 11 11 131 13.1
7 Game of Clowns UK 15 11 17 9 11 10 13 14 11 12 123 12.3
8 Quadriga UK 13 14 17 7 10 11 14 14 5 11 116 11.6
9 Draconis UK 11 12 16 8 10 8 16 11 11 11 114 11.4
10 Alola UK 12 12 17 8 9 8 14 12 12 9 113 11.3
11 Team UK 13 11 11 7 10 8 12 11 10 10 103 10.3
12 Barely Grown Ups UK 12 11 14 8 0 8 9 9 0 0 71 7.1
13 Free Burds IE 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 9 5 7 30 3.0

Alola at the World Challenge 2018
The UK Nationals 2019 was the first AAA Class competition for Alola, and the FAI World Cup will be the first meet on the international outdoor stage, either in 4-way Women or on the 4-way Open Class leaderboard. NFTO is the British 4-way champion and could compete in both categories.

Alola would have both options, as well, even if NFTO sign up for the 4-way Women competition. The British delegation could have three teams on the 4-way Open Class leaderboard and two teams in 4-way Women.

Alola started with the same lineup at the AA Class competition of the World Challenge 2018 and have attended only outdoor events ever since. The UK Nationals was the team's only competition this year.

Pajama Pumas had a much busier 2019 schedule and attended the June meet of the United Kingdom Skydiving League (UKSL), after competing at the World Challenge and the Weembi Cup.

Last year, Pajama Pumas were done after World Challenge, all three UKSL meets and the UK Nationals. This year, the FAI World Cup will be the highlight and the conclusion of the competition season.


ESL Championship 2016
FS4
1234567TotalAvg
RankA ClassC,E,4D,Q,LH,O,721,PB,J,FK,619,9TotalAvg
1Pajama PumasUK1091212818987610.9
2TBCUK8791091696669.4
34Sprung Durch TechnikUK6581041595568.0
44midableNL5107125876557.9
5Team CharlieDE487105985527.4

Pajama Pumas at the ESL Championship 2016
The world cup will not be the first international outdoor competition for Pajama Pumas, at least not for two team members. Matt Cumming and Paul Willcock traveled to Germany for the ESL Championship 2016 with the first Pajama Pumas lineup and won the A Class competition at the team's first meet in this category. Stefan Potter joined Pajama Pumas at the beginning of the 2018 season, Jodie-Leigh Foster in 2019.

Pajama Pumas and Alola both know international competition atmosphere after attending the World Challenge in Bedford, both teams in 2018, Pajama Pumas also this year. However, international outdoor competition at an FAI event brings a very different situation to the teams.

Pajama Pumas started the team career with a 0.2 average in the Rookie Class at the UKSL May meet in 2016. Three years later, they compete with the British Formation Skydiving delegation at the FAI World Cup.

It will not be the same as at the ESL Championship 2016. There is only AAA Class competition at FAI events, and Pajama Pumas will not compete for medals this time. The 14+ average level will still probably be good enough to place in the middle of the leaderboard, as Chimera (15th - 16.0), Antimatter (18th - 14.8) and Eros (22nd - 13.0) did for the British delegation at the previous world cup in Saarlouis 2017...

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