January 2020 – Windgames Gold!
After a great battle with France, we secured female gold and a 26.7 average which is an excellent start for our first competition with the 2020 lineup ( Julia and Vana had to dash home to see their children, so Sian and Anna did the podium honours this time!). We can’t wait for the in door national champs in April.
December 2019 – 2020 lineup confirmed
We sadly bid a fond farewell to Kate Lindsley who is stepping down after a superb two seasons, but we have gained the one and only Julia Swallow for 2020! Julia is a multliple time National Champion and former world female champion, and her experience will be an asset to the team!
The team with new 2020 member Julia Swallow
October 2019 – We did it, we took Silver!
NFTO are proud to say that we took home for team GB the silver medal at the Female 4-Way World Cup of Formation Skydiving. We arrived at Skydive Algarve 6 days early to acclimatise and team train making some 35 jumps which set us up perfectly for the competition. We always knew out battle was going to be for the gold with the French female team and we put everything into beating them. However, they proved they were the better team this time and slowly took points off us in each round. Many congratulations to them!
The atmosphere at the competition was electric as always with world-class events and it was great to make new friends and see other teams go on to do great things. Special note goes to our fellow female 4way Team Alola who attended their first world meet and did a great job. We walk away from the event with great memories, some more bling and lots of improvement on what was a very tough draw.
Here’s the vid of what happened:
A fun little side story is what happened on the day after the World Cup finished. Larry Hill the owner of Skydive Arizona decided to put on an impromptu 10-way Speed scrambles competition and 9 teams registered. The idea was a 3 round meet from 3 different aircraft – Twin Otter, Skyvan and DC3. Our very own Simon and Anna, in fact, took the gold and a share of the 3000$ first prize pot! And Vana took the bronze.
So thanks, no really, thanks to all our sponsors, supporters, friends, family and of course our coach Roy Janssen. The NFTO team are more than 5 skydivers, we are an larger collective of amazing people all working together for excellence in the world of formation skydiving!
September 2019 – Final training push
It’s back out to our favorite dropzone, Skydive Algarve for our last camp of the season before the World Cup. This is where we consolidate everything we’ve learned so far. Can’t wait for Skydive Arizona next and the World Cup.
August 2019 – British National Champions is title retained!
With a glorious weather weekend, we had a hard and fast competition at out UK home DZ at Skydive Hibaldstow. After a great battle with our rivals Chimera and Eros, we are delighted that we came out on top as British Open and Female National Champions! We also felt very privileged to be awarded the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain Queens Cup, which is an award that is rotated through all the Sports Associations of Great Britain.
British National Champions 2019!
May 2019 – Royal AeroClub awards
We were delighted to have our hard work & achievements in 2018 recognised with the Prince of Wales Cup at the Royal AeroClub of Great Britain annual awards. The Prince of Wales Cup is awarded for the most meritorious achievement by a team.
Royal Aero Club Awards
April 2019 – Silver at the World Indoor Skydiving Championships
We’ve just had a brilliant weekend competing at the World Indoor Skydiving Championships in Lille, France over the last few days. There were some really tallented teams there and it seems the indoor gap has closed between the UK, France, USA and China. Round by round, some impressive scores were going up. Our battle in particular was set against the lovely French team with whom we swapped gold and silver places several times. Coming into the final day of competitions, we were ahead by 2 points. However, we were not to able to consolidate and the French took gold by a margin of only 2 points. However we finished with an amazing new high score of 27.8 average, which has upped our record by 1.3! Happy Days.
Many thanks to all our kind sponsors who have helped us along this journed. Without you, our silver medal would not have been possible. Check out our Round 8:
April 2019 – Prime time BBC TV
Guess what, we appeared on the BBC’s One Show on the 11th. They’d been following us during the World Challenge competition and we were happy to do a live segment where we got the comedian Jimmy Carr involved in some FS creeping. We think he enjoyed it! Check out the video below:
April 2019 – British Indoor National Champions!
It’s been all go at last weekend at the British Indoor Skydiving Championships at Twinwoods Adventure. There were 34 teams competing from all around the world in just the AAA class alone. And we’re pleased to say, that after a close battle with Chimera and ACM Weembi, we won!
Check our scores out here. We finished with a 26.3 average in the open class, which showcased both of the new blocks (1 and 13 for those interested). Not all our rounds were perfect, but overall we’re really happy with our tunnel progress this year and now it’s only a few days to go until we take part in the World Indoor championships representing team GB, this time in the female class. See you then!
Here’s our Round 8 to enjoy too:
February 2019 – Lineup change and Windgames Silver
After the hectic excitement of a superb 2018 competition season finishing in October, we were sad to see our little racehorse Cath Anderson step down due to time commitments. We are however delighted that Kate Lindsley has joined for both the outdoor and indoor competition lineup – welcome Kate!
After a 6-week break to reset the bank balances and sleep patterns after the Indoor World Cup, training resumed in December and January at Windoor Empuriabrava, in preparation for the Windgames 2019. Anna is away with work for a few months, so the superb Julia Swallow stepped into the breach for training and the Windgames 2019 competition in February 2019. After a good little battle with France we finished in silver, and a lot of learning was achieved.
We are now back to work and sponsorship searching for 7 weeks, and will reconvene as the full lineup for some intensive training in March and April in the build up to April’s Bodyflight World Challenge & British Indoor Nationals rapidly followed by the World Indoor Skydiving Championships – we can’t wait!
Windgames 2019 Podium
Indoor Wold Cup GOLD!
Straight after the the Outdoor World Parachuting Champs, with less than a week back in the UK to get over the jet-lag, go to our normal jobs, and catch-up with life, we then headed straight back East to Bahrain, for the World Cup of Indoor Skydiving. With just 2 hours of training to re-calibrate back the high speed of indoor flying and getting used to challenges of entering the beautiful Bahrain tunnel, we hit the World Cup competition rounds hard. Battling though 10 rounds, keeping our eyes on the top of the podium, and trying to beat our previous top score, we are ecstatic to come out top and be crowned winners of the female category of the 2018 World Cup of Indoor Skydiving!!
World Cup of Indoor Skydiving Gold!
Building on our UK National Championships success, we are thrilled that we achieved our main skydiving goal of 2018 – World Silver Medalists in Female 4-way Formation Skydiving. Battling in a week of difficult weather and with some challenging jumps, we gained another 20+ average, and were proud to be one step higher on the podium and closer to our French rivals.
World Silver Medalists
We are delighted to have surpassed our best average from last July by scoring a 20.6 over 9 rounds at the British Skydiving Nationals, on home turf at Skydive Hibaldstow. This makes us British National Champions, in both the female AND open (mixed) category! We are excited to continue our hard-working training journey, and hope to improve on our scores even more with our sights on the podium at the World Championships in October.
UK National Champions
Gold at the Hibalstow Cup! In our first real competition test as a new lineup, we competed at the Hibaldstow Cup as a National Championships warm up competition – we were very happy to score a new team record average of 19.2 after 10 rounds. We can’t wait for our next training camp and see what we can produce at the British National Championships in August!
Winning the Hibaldstow Cup with a new team top score.
Mission Impossible Girls
Sian and Anna have been working on Mission: Impossible 6 – Fallout as part of the HALO skydive stunt team – working daily with Tom Cruise in the roles of safety diver, coach and Aviation Doctor, and the Hollywood blockbuster film released this month – go check it out!
Sian and Anna working with Tom Cruise on Mission: Impossible 6 – Fallout (Images Paramount Pictures)
As well as wind-tunnel training whilst wearing our Parachutes (hard work!) we have now started our outdoor skydive training for 2018. Despite a delayed start due to delayed flights to Portugal, we got our training off to a great start at Skydive Algarve with 25 jumps in 2 and a half days, and some excellent Skype coaching from coach Gary. We can’t wait to get back into the sky in July for more jumping.
All change! Due other commitments Debbie is stepping down from the team – Debs you shall be missed. We welcome the ninja that is Sian Stokes who is joining the team in the tail slot and have already started tunnel training. Stay posted for more updates ..!
New line-up including Sian Stokes before a training session at Bodyflight Bedford
As part of our season, we like to compete – no, we need to compete. You can’t train competition experience, you can only do it! With that in mind, we visited the Twinwoods tunnel in Bedford for our annual pilgrimage a part of the Bodyflight World Challenge competition. And it was a big competition this year with 34 teams in our AAA class alone.
We are pleased to say we did awesome, with a new 24.4 average record for us and the highest ranking female team. There were some double and even tough triple blocker dives to contend with, but our recent training is really showing dividends now.
Later this month, we have Anna and Vana competing at the European Indoor Skydiving champs at Voss Vind, Norway on a scratch team with Kate Linsley and Sian Stokes.
4-way training requires dedication, skills, commitment and a lot of money! We’ve got a new promo vid out, please take a look, we’re looking for sponsors to help us take home some more silverware at the World Championships in October.
After some winter tunnel training, we travelled to Windoor in Spain to compete at the Windgames 2018, where we were delighted to win Silver, score our best ever average score of 23.7, and gain our record round score of 40 points in one competition round.
We love to train putting it simply! So when most people are putting their rigs away for the English winter, we decided to pay Skydive Dubai a visit – the first of 2 training camps. With excellent facilities, fast aircraft, back-to-back loads and wall to wall sunshine, we had a great camp as you can see.
More next month when we return for our last camp of 2017.
This weekend was the UK National Skydiving Championships and the highlight of our 2017 skydiving calendar. After 180 training jumps, lots of hours in the wind tunnel and our coach Gary Smith by our side, we felt ready to do battle. On the Thursday before the competition started, we did 9 warm-up “feel good” training jumps and that put us in the right head-space for the start of the comp. We knew we had to qualify as Female 4-way Team GB and had a strong challenger on hand in the form of ex-NFTO teamies Maria Russell, Lynne Murray, Rai Ahmed (and Kate Lindsley).
Round 1 didn’t go to plan at all and we dropped a few points after some scrappy skydiving. But this is where teams prove their metal, we re-grouped and came back with a vengeance from a round 1 and 3 point deficit. This nationals competition was as usual well run and in addition, we were blessed with great weather. By the time Sunday lunchtime came around, we felt we had performed solidly to take an overall 4th place with a 16.9 average on a slow draw, but more importantly, a solid 17 point lead over the other girl’s team, Heavenly Pests.
So that’s it, we qualified! We are going to Gold Coast, Austrailia next year! Bring it on and watch this space for announcements of our future training plans.
For the first time with NFTO, we visited Skydive Algarve for our last major camp this year. It was great to jump the Dornier G92’s alongside the Qatar team and we now feel ready for action out of the competition aircraft for the UK Nationals next month. Check these pics out over the stunning Algarve scenery taken by our cameraman:
We have our 2nd VLog for you which shows a whole of sweating going on. Skydiving is not just about putting your rig on and climbing onto a waiting aircraft, it’s also about all the fitness training we put in too. Enjoy.
We have just got back from another camp at Skydive Empuriabrava and finally passed the 100 jumps together mark for the team this year. It’s a small beginning, but we are making great progress technically as a team with Gary Smith our fantastic coach. Well done to our Point, Cath who has just done her 1000th skydive too!
At the end of May, we planned a visit to Skydive Buzz located at Dunkeswell airfield. Two years ago, we did a full camp at their amazing dropzone and decided it was high time to return. Many thanks to Jason and his crew for supporting us. We did 22 jumps in 2 days out of their fast climbing Twin Beech and highly recommend them as a team training dz.
We are pleased to say that our first camp at Empuriabrava went very well. With two member changes, it was a great opportunity to look carefully at the whole way we skydive and significant changes are being made! For example, we have changed the key from the Outside Centre to the Inside Centre.
It’s great to be back in the air and there is plenty of potential for our average going skywards (pardon the pun).
Bronze and a new record at the Bodyflight World Challenge! A great competition for the start of the journey with the new line-up. The girls smashed a new record average for the team (23.1) and finished 3rd Female team overall, and 3rd British team.
The squad wins Bronze at the Wind Games with an excellent 21.5 point average with very little training as a new lineup – great work.
We have a new 2017 team line-up! We bid a fond farewell to Ane and Maria who are off to new and exciting adventures after some amazing times with the team. We welcome Debbie Lamsley and Catherine Anderson to the team, and Lynne Murray as our super-sub for the squad.
Another world-level success! We are pleased to announced that we have also taken the tunnel women’s World Cup Bronze medal, and smashed a new tunnel average – 22.7. We are so super happy – thank you to all our supporters and super coach Gary Smith.
After a 2 year training plan, lots of travelling, early rises, hours and hours in Windoor and hundreds of skydives, we are pleased to announce that we have won the World Championships Bronze medal! We had a very close battle with the Canadian girls – thanks for the close competition. Thank-you so much to all our sponsors and supporters!
Credit: Craig Poxon
Nationals are done at Skydive Hibaldstow! Very happy with our score, Top Female team, and Equal 4th with our friends Eclipse after a great battle – a great warm up for the World Champs – next stop Chicago!
Thanks for the great photo Rob Lloyd.
Super Sunpath containers are here! We love these little beauties, thank you Sunpath Products and NFTO!
The girls take Bronze at the Bodyflight World Challenge. Lots to learn, lots to be proud of.
NFTO win Bronze at the World Challenge Wind tunnel Competition.
NFTO win the Wind Games tunnel completion in Spain – the first competition for the NFTO skydiving team name.