NMP-PCH Hayabusa was the first top team to confirm attendance as soon as the word was out. Canada's world class team Evolution has now confirmed, as well, which brings two of the top contenders for gold medals at the World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2014 together at the beginning of the 2014 season.
The Paraclete XP Indoor Championship has not attracted national 4way teams from other countries to Raeford in the past years. Only XL's Pete Allum and Steve Hamilton competed with two other US XL members (Andy Delk, Brian Johnson) in 2012 and finished in 2nd place. Hayabusa and Evolution are now lifting the event to a new international competition level.
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Neither team has won the event yet, which will be crucial in 2014. The history has shown that the winner of the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship/Shamrock Showdown will also become the next 4way world champion.
The most recent examples were Arizona Airspeed in 2008 and 2012, while Aerodyne Aerokart won both events for France in 2010. NMP-PCH Hayabusa was five points behind Arizona Airspeed at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2012 and ended up one single point behind in 2nd place at the Mondial Dubai 2012. France finished 3rd at Paraclete and 3rd in Dubai. Hayabusa has competed against Evolution's new lineup only once at the World Challenge 2013. The Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2014 could become the first outdoor confronation.
|World Challenge 2013||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)||40(-1)||37||25||28||28||25||37||25(-2)||42(-1)||20(-2)||307||30.7|
Adam Gibson, manager of a new 4way competition at the Parachute School of Toronto, informed the NSL News that Katie Woods will be the event coach:
"We will be hosting our first annual Epic 4-way formation skydiving event. It will be a 6-round event with Intermediate and Open Class categories. Skydivers who are interested in learning more about 4-way competition or are Looking for team members and a last training weekend before the Canadian Nationals are welcome." The competition is scheduled for July 6.