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Did You Know...

... that NSL Live Talk with Chimera introduces the new team members?

Chimera start at Skydive DeLand in 2016
posted Apr 12th, 2020 - Last week's update on Friday covered the current situation in Great Britain. The story zoomed in on the national team in 4-way Open, Chimera, and needed another new update after a recent change in the lineup.

The NSL News asked the whole team to join forces for an online meeting on ZOOM. It took Chimera only a day to find the time and prepare the technical execution of the meeting for a new NSL Live Talk.

Life in general includes a lot of time on screens these days, and the internet is well used for many different purposes. Chimera was well prepared for a remote conversation, as they have been engaged in their own online activities. Team member Laura Hampton was recently running an online program for their team audience, "4 Way Tips: From FS1 to The Podium".

It was the first NSL Live Talk with the complete Chimera team online, after previous conversations at events where they competed and the NSL News reported. The first one was recorded at the FAI World Cup 2017 in Saarlouis, the next one at the World Challenge 2018. Both interviews featured the original lineup, even though Aaron Faith was helping out in Saarlouis when Chris Judd was not available for the world cup. Easter Sunday's NSL Live Talk included new team members Will Cooke and Pete Harries.


NSL Live Talk with Chimera at the FAI World Cup 2017 and at the World Challenge 2018
The personnel change happened
after the end of the 2019 season. Original team member Chris Judd and team videographer Matthew Wilson did not plan to continue with Chimera after a very successful period of four years with the team. They left after Chimera qualified for the first time as the national 4-way team for the next world meet.

It was a well fitting coincidence that there was a perfect candidate available. Will Cooke had trained and competed with ACM Weembi in 2018 and 2019, the British national indoor team in 4-way Open. ACM Weembi attended the FAI Indoor World Meet 2019, where they finished in 8th place with a 26.7 average.

ACM Weembi had turned into an indoor-only team, while Will Cooke still enjoys jumping from planes. He and ACM Weembi member David Rodgers had been team mates with 4mula in 2017 and were back at the national outdoor championships in 2019 when ACM had no outdoor plans.

Chimera have been training and competing indoors and outdoors, and they had actually outscored ACM Weembi by one point at the World Challenge 2019. It was a perfect match for the new Chimera lineup.


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

Open account: 2nd place at the UK Nationals 2019
The three returning Chimera members (Sarah Ashworth, Laura Hampton, James Woods) were familiar with their new team mate in many ways before he now joined the team. Will Cooke and James Woods were team mates for two years in 2012 and 2013 with Hyrrokkin. They moved up together from AA Class competition to the complete dive pool in their second year. Leaving Chimera member Chris Judd was in the same Hyrrokkin lineup. James Woods pointed out that he and Will Cooke were front piece partners with Hyrrokkin. Seven years later, they are back together, this time in the rear piece, James Woods in the center, Will Cooke in the tail slot.

Laura Hampton goes even further back with both of her new team mates. Will Cooke and Pete Harries were her Enigma/Block Party team mates in 2009, together with Chris Judd. She talked about the AAA Class experiment that her team did with the 2009 lineup. It was successful with a 7.9 average at the UK Nationals that year, and she explained the details during the NSL Live Talk conversation.

Laura Hampton and James Woods had another exciting 4-way year together when James Woods' sister Katie joined as the player-coach for the 2014 season. Chris Judd was in this Lowabusa lineup, too. Two years later, they launched Chimera together, and another five years later they are the British national team in 4-way Open, together with Will Cooke and Pete Harries.

There is still an open account, even though Chimera will compete at the world meet. They have not won the national 4-way title yet, which is in NFTO possession. There is another goal...

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