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The same article raised once again the open question of the national 4-way team that will represent the United Kingdom at the World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2008 in France. Aardvark Zulu was the team that finished behind the two female line-ups in 3rd place and would be next in line.
This question was now answered by the teams and the British Parachute Association (BPA). Aardvark Zulu passed the ball, as well, and the team in 4th place, Fusion, will compete in France.
Aardvark Zulu's Aaron Faith and Liz Matthews were two more members of the new team's line-up, and they decided to skip the World Meet in France this year and focus on new goals with Satori. The NSL News found Satori at the team's first training camp at Skydive DeLand with coach Gary Smith and used the opportunity for the next update from the United Kingdom.
The complete Satori line-up visited the NSL News office at the end of the training camp and introduced the missing two members. Ian Ridpath will be in charge of the video work, and Katie Woods flies the Point position. Satori also provided the NSL News with two videos of the recent training camp in DeLand.
Liz Groucott is the Satori engine in the Center Inside slot and was a V-Max member. The British female line-up of 2003 and 2004 won the gold medals at the World Meet 2003 in France (see Archives 2003) with a 16.5 average and disbanded after the Malevsky Cup 2004. Her next and recent team commitment was with Aardvark Zulu.
Satori's Center Outside, Julia Foxwell, is a British 4-way world champion in IPC's female category, as well. She won the gold medals with Airkix in Germany 2006 after five rounds and a 19.0 average. Airkix turned into Team Elan with Tarnya Hollis and without Claire "Sparky" Scott and finished behind Bodyflight Storm in 2007.
It was time for Aaron Faith to join a new line-up, which turned out to be Aardvark Zulu for the 2007 season. There he already trained and competed together with Liz Groucott, his new Satori teammate.
Despite the two female world champions and national competitors in her team, Satori's Point, Katie Woods, has probably the most interesting career story to offer. She is the youngest team member with her 22 years of age, even though she has already 2500 jumps and many hours of windtunnel time in her logbook.
The young Satori Point joined the Bodyflight Bedford staff in 2006 and worked there as a tunnel instructor. The work in the windtunnel surely helped to bring her talent and individual skills to a top level.
Somehow the Hayabusa members recognized the talent and motivation of the young British competitor and invited her to make a few jumps and fly in the tunnel with her. The "try-out" went well, and Hayabusa asked Katie Woods to join the team.
The efforts it would take to become a Hayabusa Defence member in 2007 showed how extremely motivated she was to become a world-class 4-way competitor. She would have to join the Belgian Army.
Hayabusa Defence then added Luc Verstrepen to the line-up and won the FAI World Cup 2007, while Katie Woods kept on looking for other opportunities.
The other three Satori members were laughing when this story came up in the NSL office. They have already realized how fortunate they were that the Belgian Army did not accept Katie for the Hayabusa Defence line-up. She is now the Point for Satori, and her teammates are very happy about that.
The summer training will take place at Skydive Spain, the dropzone under British ownership and management that Airkix and Team Elan already chose for the team's summer training. Gary Smith will visit the team in Spain and continue with his work.
Meets of the United Kingdom Skydiving League (UKSL) and the UK Nationals 2008 are on Satori's summer agenda, as well. The NSL News will re-visit the new team's activities soon.