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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.
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
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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...