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The NSL News received more insights from Spa Hayabusa member Roy Janssens, and Mike Pennock from the Netherlands, ESL co-organizer and team videographer for the Dutch team R-Fource, provided photos of the event.
The ESL Championship 2005 was held on September 2-4. The Skydive Center Spa in Belgium hosted the event for the third time. The six participating countries were Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and fielded a total of 28 teams in the three ESL competition classes, which are identical with the NSL AAA, A and Rookie Class.
Nine teams competed in the AAA Class, and Spa Hayabusa won the meet with a 20.0 average. This is once again a new Belgian record set by the national team.
Roy Janssens commented for his team: "After scoring this year a 19.4 average at the Malevsky Cup and a 19.8 average at the Belgian Nationals, we finished the season with reaching our team goal for this year."
Teams from the United Kingdom took the whole podium in the A Class (Helix, Damn Zebra, Evolution), and they outscored all teams of the other ESL countries by far. UK teams (Escondido, D4) won the first two places in the Rookie Class, as well. Only the third place was left for a team from the Netherlands (Whooops).
The annual huge ESL party took place at the dropzone after the competition and kept most people busy through the late night hours. The ESL award ceremony was held just before the start of the party on site, and everybody was in a great spirits to celebrate.
The ESL organizers held a planning meeting for all participants on Sunday morning and evaluated the ESL Championship 2005. The ESL management takes the job seriously and tries to find ways how to make the event even better then it already is. The ESL participants approved that the competiton will be held once again in Spa next year.
Roy Janssens finished with the hope that the European Skydiving League and its championship event will attract even more teams in general, and that it will also include more national teams of the participating countries in the future.