Did You Know...... that the Perris AirKix meet video has been added to the last NSL-TV show?
posted Jun 5th, 2006 - The NSL-TV studio had not reviewed the SSL meet video tape thoroughly enough when the NSL News mentioned in last week's story that the Perris AirKix jumps could not be found. The tape was was sent by Southwest Skydiving League Director Erin Murphy, and she sent a note that the missing footage was dubbed at the end of the tape.
This puts the NSL-TV audience in the fortunate position of having all meet jumps of UK's national 4-way team in the Women's category available soon. Round one has already been added to the other SSL videos and can now be viewed, either on the NSL-TV page or on the event page of the SSL May meet.
Perris AirKix 2006 line-up
What are the reasons that the race for this year's gold medals in the Women's category might only have these two top contenders involved? The NSL News stories on February 14 and February 23 explained that the former US national team and reigning world champion, Perris Synchronicity, will not defend the title in Germany.
France at the World Cup 2005
Four of this year's medal contenders competed at the World Cup 2005 (Archives > Leagues > Special Events) at Skydive Arizona in October, as well. The scores of this event in combination with these teams' plans for the 2006 season and the progress this year offer insights of what might happen at the World Meet 2006.
Russia's Ladybirds at the World Cup 2005
The Russian Ladybirds could have become the top challenger for France this year. Unfortunately, the Russian was not able to train much at all and has probably not increased the scoring level enough to be a serious threat for France. The situation is completely the opposite for the UK team.
Perris AirKix with Dan BC
The 16.0 average at the relatively slow 6-round meet on May 27 speaks its own language. Only eight of the 16 Random Formations were drawn, and the remaining rounds of a 10-round draw would probably have increased the scoring average for Perris AirKix and the other SSL teams.
V-Max with AirKix member Claire "Sparky" Scott at the World Meet 2003 in France
The United Kingdom has had previous success in the Women's category, and one of the AirKix team members already has gold medal experiences. Claire "Sparky" Scott won her first gold medal with V-Max at the World Meet 2003 in France after an exciting race with the Norwegian team, the Norgie Girls. The winning average was 16.5 in 2003.
Perris Synchronicity won with a 16.9 average at the World Meet 2004 in Croatia where France took the silver medals with a 16.4 average. The French team finished with a 16.5 average one year later at the World Cup 2005, and that's about the scoring level where Perris AirKix was on May 27.
Elsinore Select 2006 line-up
Select competed at the SSL April meet and finished the 6-round meet with a 13.3 average. There might be enough time for Elsinore Select to catch up with the Russian Ladybirds above the 15.0 scoring level. However, the gold medals seem to hang higher this year, and they might be in reach only for France and the UK team.
Round two of the SSL May meet will be posted soon, and it will include Perris AirKix.