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Last Saturday was the opening day for the league and its new leadership, and the teams and competitors in New England followed the call for action despite unfavorable weather conditions. Mass Defiance as a whole team did not compete since the team members were busy putting line-ups together for the meet.
There were actually six teams ready to go on Saturday. Unfortunately, the weather came in before all teams could get up in the air. The 6th team, registered for the Rookie Class, could not return on Sunday and missed the whole meet. Ben Liston was still very happy with the participation at the first NESL 2006 meet:
The NESL management already had some prizes for its teams, as well. The Relative Workshop provided a set of t-shirts that went to the winning team "What's Your Team Name?". Another 30% gift certificate for a container went to NESL competitor Mike Granims who jumps with team "Two and half Mikes".
Three of the five teams competed in the AAA/Open Class competition. The number of experienced competitors, hidden in the line-ups of the teams as the members of Mass Defiance, included even a reigning world champion. A quick look at First Jump Course's team page shows a very familiar face. Former Airspeed member Dennis Rook came out to play with his NESL friends.
Dennis Rook had a relatively short and very successful time with Arizona Airspeed. He won the USPA Nationals in 8-way in 2003, 2004 and 2005. The silver medal at the World Meet in France 2003 was followed by the 8-way gold medal in Croatia 2004. His last event, the World Cup 2005, was a great finish with another gold medal after an exciting competition with the French 8-way team.
The NESL teams and competitors are surely happy to have Dennis Rook back in New England. He will be an inspiration for the skydivers in the NESL region, and he has a lot of experience that he can forward to his fellow teams and competitors. The next NESL meet is scheduled for June 17 at Skydive New England.