Did You Know...... that the World Challenge 2014 leaderboard is ready for new numbers?
Magic number 100: bar tender Paul Mayer
The leaderboard has been set up earlier than usual for a good reason - it is once again bigger than ever, and it takes some time to generate it. The field of teams has grown consistently year by year since the event was launched with 12 teams in 2006.
Owner Paul Mayer has arrived at his dream number of 100 for all participating teams and accommodates a few extra ones this year. 86 of the teams are competing in 4way which beats last year's record number by eight teams.
Irish delegation at the World Challenge 2011
The A Class field is a promising combination of a few teams who competed in the Rookie Class of 2013 (UK team ChatterChicks, Wind Shear from Ireland) and others who are coming back in the same category, plus new teams who have not competed at the World Challenge yet.
Wind Shear has joined two other teams from Ireland in the A Class (Men Flew, Tail Spin) while Trajectory begins as a new Irish team in the Rookie Class. Ireland is also represented in the AAA Class by Celtic Air.
UK Rookie Class champion Bodyflight Fly Wild from Northern Ireland
Team member Nadine Bibby said that her team is "delighted to be competing for the first time in the Bodyflight World Challenge". Bodyflight Bedford supports the UK team from the Wild Geese Parachute Club in Northern Ireland.
She said that the team members have enjoyed the step up into the A Class and learning the block moves in the Bodyflight flying chamber with their coach Gordon Hodgkinson: "We are really looking forward to being part of the Bodyflight World Challenge, having heard what an awesome competition it is, and being able to watch and learn from the best of the best!"
AA class family team from Canada: 4Astrophe
The AA Class field is significantly bigger than last year, as well. Four strong teams of the A Class competition in 2013 have moved up, and only the SolarFlakes from Lithuania are back in the same category. 2013 winner Raykipo now competes in the AAA Class, and the medal positions in the AA Class seem to be open.
But then there are the visitors from Canada, 4Astrophe, with original Evolution member Richard Bisson and his two children flyers, Yannick and Valerie. They just posted a 19.0 average at the Canadian Indoor Skydiving Championship 2014 and are well prepared for the World Challenge 2014 and the battle for AA Class medals...