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Did You Know...

... that Pete Allum had to make a difficult decision?

posted Sep 13th, 2020 - Pete Allum is one of the most experienced 4-way and 8-way competitors in the history of Formation Skydiving competition. He has competed for the United Kingdom at each FAI World Championship and several other international competitions since 1985. His current 4-way team, Sebastian XL, placed fourth at the world meets in 1999, 2001 and 2003.

Pete Allum's NSL Profile was posted as one of the earliest in 2000. The full-time coach and competitor recently moved to DeLand and was hired as the new national coach of the Danish 4-way team. The NSL News asked Allum about the future of XL and the Danish 4-way project.


Move to DeLand in 2003, here with Shannon Pilcher

NSL News interview with Pete Allum on 10 November 2003


NSL NEWS: Pete, you have recently moved to DeLand. How do you like the new hometown? PETE ALLUM: It is not really new; I used to live here seven years ago. I am very excited to back here. Solly and I shared a school bus back then. NSL NEWS: You live at Solly's house now. Are you the new Majik adviser? PETE ALLUM: Good god, no. I am here to learn from these guys. One of the main reasons for me to move here was to be able to learn more about 4-way. And these guys are obviously some of the best to learn from.

NSL NEWS: Pete Allum is probably the most experienced competitor and coach in current 4-way history. When did you attend your first national competition and world meet? PETE ALLUM: It was the same year, in 1985. NSL NEWS: What does Pete Allum have to learn from Majik? PETE ALLUM: Different perspective. I have been inside the XL mindset for a number of years. As well as learning from Majik – I would like to be around other top-level teams. By moving to DeLand, I am able to expand my depth of knowledge.

NSL NEWS: Back to your own competitive career, you have been at each world meet ever since 1985. You are still missing a medal although you have been very close with Sebastian XL in the last six years. Have you given up on a medal yet? PETE ALLUM: I have not given up on a medal. After the disappointment of missing out by one point again, I cannot help but think that it was a great opportunity to learn even more. I have read a lot of sport psychology books; the team has had help from Dr. John DeRosalia, but I cannot trade this recent experience.

NSL NEWS: Does this mean that XL will continue? PETE ALLUM: We will decide in a week's time. NSL NEWS: The UK teams used to have good financial support from your association. Will this resource be available once again to help? PETE ALLUM: We have had excellent support from the BPA, financially and also moral support from the BPA members. However, I recently found out that there was no financial support available for Croatia in 2004.


FAI World Meet 2003
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open 1,11,12 M,J,E,10 K,16,6 13,14,5 D,22,4 9,C,Q,N F,19,21 2,20,L 18,B,3 8,P,7 Total Avg
1 Maubeuge  FR  16 26 23 19 21 37 24 21 19 23 229 22.9
2 Golden Knights  US  17 24 22 19 18 35 22 18 19 20 214 21.4
3 DeLand Norgies  NO  13 24 21 19 18 36 19 16 19 21 206 20.6
4 Sebastian XL  UK  14 22 21 19 17 34 21 18 19 20 205 20.5
5 Sinapsi PD  IT  13 24 22 17 17 32 22 18 18 - 183 20.3
6 Endeavour  CH  13 21 19 15 17 29 21 17 16 - 168 18.7
7 NMPV  BE  15 19 19 16 15 29 19 16 16 - 164 18.2
8 EADS  DE  14 19 17 15 15 26 17 16 16 - 155 17.2
9 Wild Wind  RU  15 22 18 15 18 22 17 8 - - 135 16.9
10 Phenix  SE  13 18 15 15 16 23 18 16 - - 134 16.8
11 Spain  ES  12 17 14 15 17 23 16 14 - - 128 16.0
12 Denmark  DK  6 19 14 12 14 23 17 15 - - 120 15.0
13 Japan  JP  12 16 14 12 13 24 14 14 - - 119 14.9
14 Netherlands  NL  11 16 14 13 13 21 15 11 - - 114 14.3
15 Australia  AU  11 14 12 13 13 23 15 12 - - 113 14.1
16 Bailey 5  ZA  11 10 14 11 13 19 15 13 - - 106 13.3
16 Monkey Circus  AT  11 13 13 13 8 20 16 12 - - 106 13.3
18 Canada  CA  11 15 13 11 12 18 12 12 - - 104 13.0
19 Slovenia  SI  10 12 11 9 9 16 13 11 - - 91 11.4
20 New Zealand  NZ  8 11 9 7 10 16 10 11 - - 82 10.3
21 Skyservice  CZ  5 8 9 7 5 11 10 8 - - 63 7.9
22 Israel  IL  1 3 2 4 4 7 3 4 - - 28 3.5

Support by BPA: Sebastian XL at the FAI World Meet 2003
NSL NEWS: How will this affect the XL decision? PETE ALLUM: I would like to think that a decision might not be made on financial grounds. However, it will play some part in the decision. NSL NEWS: We have talked about XL bronze medals over the last six years. Is it possible that other teams than USA or France can win the gold medal, as well?

PETE ALLUM: I think it is a little bit like the 4-minute mile, which was a perceived limit, until Roger Bannister broke this limit. Within a month, many other people also ran sub-4-minute miles. People expect the USA and France to win, and therefore they do not even include the gold medal as a possibility.

NSL NEWS: This was mostly Pete Allum as a competitor. How long have you been coaching FS full time? PETE ALLUM: Since 1993. Before that I still did AFF and tandem. NSL NEWS: Jens Goennemann of the German national 4-way team recently said in an interview that the weather in Central Europe and way of life are in the way for other teams to become world champions in 4-way? Do you think this is true?

PETE ALLUM: He must have said this before the Mondial 2003 where France and Russia won. The possibilities are there for any teams in most places. You may need to move some of your camps when the weather is not so good at home. There are places in Central Europe like Gap, Kassel and Hibaldstow and also wind tunnels opening up. That will give teams the opportunity to train closer to home.


FAI World Meet 2004
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open B,P,C,18 9,15,16 K,11,19 E,F,7,5 A,J,21,12 6,4,10 17,Q,L,1 H,14,3 13,22,O N,M,D,2 Total Avg
1 DeLand Majik  US  29 23 17 30 18 19 27 21 19 24 227 22.7
2 Maubeuge  FR  28 22 18 30 17 19 23 20 18 24 219 21.9
3 Sky Panthers  RU  24 21 19 25 22 15 28 19 16 22 211 21.1
4 Sinapsi PD  IT  22 21 20 28 21 18 23 19 16 22 210 21.0
5 EADS  DE  20 18 17 24 17 16 19 17 16 19 183 18.3
6 HayaBusa  BE  21 17 17 21 11 16 20 17 17 21 178 17.8
7 Endeavour  CH  16 17 14 19 16 13 19 14 14 - 142 15.8
7 Arcteryx  NO  19 14 15 21 15 13 17 15 13 - 142 15.8
9 Danez  DK  17 16 13 21 11 15 19 15 14 - 141 15.7
10 Spain  ES  19 16 15 21 15 11 16 12 14 - 139 15.4
11 Voodoo  UK  15 14 14 19 15 13 14 12 - - 116 14.5
12 VNE  UK  15 15 13 18 15 11 14 13 - - 114 14.3
13 Australia  AU  11 15 13 18 15 13 14 13 - - 112 14.0
14 Stratosfear  CA  15 14 12 17 13 12 16 12 - - 111 13.9
15 R-Fource  NL  16 14 13 17 11 10 14 12 - - 107 13.4
15 Matrix  AT  13 14 13 18 13 13 11 12 - - 107 13.4
17 New Zealand  NZ  15 14 12 14 13 11 15 12 - - 106 13.3
18 Croatia  HR  16 11 12 16 13 11 9 10 - - 98 12.3
19 Slovenia  SI  14 11 10 12 10 9 9 10 - - 85 10.6
20 Kazakhstan  KZ  5 5 0 6 4 6 5 4 - - 35 4.4
21 Iceland  IS  2 1 1 3 1 2 4 1 - - 15 1.9

Pete Allum in DeLand with the DaneZ
NSL NEWS: How about the ways of life and mentalities? PETE ALLUM: I do not think this has any bearing on whether someone becomes a world champion or not. There are South Africans and Brits on current and previous US teams and an Italian on a French team. NSL NEWS: The Danish 4-way team won a bronze medal in 1993 and 1995. They recently launched a new project for world meet medals. Pete Allum is the new national coach. Is the goal a bronze medal or a gold medal?

PETE ALLUM: The objective is to stand on the podium in 2006. NSL NEWS: This answer reminds me on your earlier remark about the 4-minute mile. PETE ALLUM: I have no doubt what this team can achieve. We plan to wear a bright gold medal to match our smiles. NSL NEWS: Will the team members become full-time competitors? PETE ALLUM: The team will make 800 – 1000 jumps each year, up to 2006. Each team member has submitted a plan to demonstrate that they can support themselves and commit the necessary time.

NSL NEWS: If XL continues, there is the possibility that the Danish national coach Pete Allum will have to directly compete with the XL member Pete Allum. How would this work? PETE ALLUM: It would not work out. I would have to make a decision either way. NSL NEWS: What is the more challenging project? PETE ALLUM: One project I know and have done for many years. The other is a new concept, and fortunately I have some time before making this decision. I have always seen my future in coaching, and I have been excited about becoming involved in a project like this for many years. The guys in the team are an inspiration.

NSL NEWS: Thank you for the interview and good luck with either project. PETE ALLUM: Thank you for continuing to sit behind this desk and putting all these hours into FS!


FAI World Meet 2006
1 2 3 4 5 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open N,20,16 K,J,C,G,3 D,19,B,6 L,14,10 F,17,M,2 Total Avg
1 DeLand Fire  US  20 27 25 17 28 117 23.4
2 Gap Nice Icarius Autrement  FR  17 25 23 21 25 111 22.2
3 Sinapsi PD  IT  19 26 22 19 24 110 22.0
4 Sky Panthers Barkli  RU  21 23 23 17 25 109 21.8
5 Arcteryx  NO  18 25 21 17 24 105 21.0
6 Spa HayaBusa  BE  19 25 18 17 23 102 20.4
7 EADS  DE  17 23 20 16 18 94 18.8
8 Danez  DK  15 22 15 17 21 90 18.0
9 Spain  ES  16 18 17 14 19 84 16.8
9 Evolution  CA  15 14 19 14 22 84 16.8
11 Team 42  SE  13 20 17 14 17 81 16.2
11 British Army  UK  14 21 16 12 18 81 16.2
13 Voodoo  UK  15 20 15 12 18 80 16.0
14 Punky Fish  NL  16 13 17 14 19 79 15.8
15 Airtite  AU  12 17 17 13 17 76 15.2
16 FILA  AT  13 16 16 12 17 74 14.8
17 Japan  JP  12 18 14 12 15 71 14.2
18 CTR Optimum  BR  13 14 14 12 17 70 14.0
19 Sky Service  CZ  12 16 13 11 14 66 13.2
20 Lithuania  LT  9 14 11 9 8 51 10.2
21 New Zealand  NZ  10 11 11 7 11 50 10.0
22 Kazakhstan  KZ  8 6 7 6 13 40 8.0
23 Estonia  EE  4 7 7 7 9 34 6.8
24 Ireland  IE  6 6 7 4 6 29 5.8
25 Cyprus  CY  3 7 7 5 4 26 5.2

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