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The last HayaBusa updates covered mostly the integration of newest member Michele Silvi and David Grauwels' move from inside center to the camera slot. Both changes happened before the successful title defense at the FAI Tanay Mondial 2020, which was the 4th consecutive victory at the FAI event, and they happened very smoothly.
The update from Qatar brought the surprising news that original team member Andy Grauwels is now leaving the team. He published a statement that announced his departure after 20 years of training and competing with the reigning FAI indoor and outdoor and CISM world champions.
Andy Grauwels has become one of the most successful 4-way competitors in the history of the sport. He was on his way to break all history records and become the first 4-way competitor to win five consecutive FAI world championship gold medals next year in Eloy. This is not going to happen, according to his announcement.
My dream as a kid has come true by winning the Excalibur sword not just once but 4 times. In fierce battles both indoor and outdoor. Winning even more victories than I could ever dreamed of...
My time has come to say goodbye to the team and start new projects and new opportunities in life. I want to thank all of the members I have had on this journey for all the good times and the many podiums we climbed together. My best of luck to the team for the future and that they may keep charging and winning and continue the legacy of Hayabusa?
Now I keep the door open for new experiences that come. First I will take some time off to spend with my lovely wife, the woman that has always stood by me and supported me all these years through the good and the bad and together we keep enjoying life to the fullest!
Big thanks to all my sponsors that have believed in me and provided the team with all our needs, my friend and coach Gary for his guidance, my family, friends and fans that I cherish deeply.
FAI Indoor World Meet 2019
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FAI Tanay Mondial 2020
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CISM Military World Meet 2021
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"Words from one of the greatest champion in skydiving history. In our eyes THE BEST flyer in the whole world. HayaBusa would not have existed without him. He deserves all the love in the world. We will miss the laughs, fast skydives, fierce competitions, and most of all the fun we had together. We wish him all the best for the future and may life bring him the happiness he deserves."
The fact that his team mates know him as "THE BEST flyer in the whole world" will make it extremely difficult to replace the team's outside center. The HayaBusa front piece, with Dennis Praet in the point slot, has been well known for a breath-taking performance.
Andy Grauwels was the only remaining original HayaBusa member in the active lineup, after his brother David Grauwels switched from inside center to camera, and Michele Silvi became the new team member. He started in the point slot himself before switching to outside center when Dennis Praet joined the team.
The NSL News will follow up with more information of the new NMP PCH HayaBusa situation as soon as possible.