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November 2017

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.

October 2017

October is normally a quiet month in the world of 4-way. The UK Nationals are over and plans are being made for the next season – not so for team NFTO! We entered the Revenge 4-way meet at Twinwoods Wind Tunnel in Bedford and had a great time coming 2nd. There was a great turnout of talented teams in the AAA class and we did our level best to win the gold. Alas that was not to be and we settled with the silver and a solid 22.7 average on a very slow draw. We’re pretty satisfied and it forms a good foundation in preparation for the first of 2 Skydive Dubai camps coming up starting in November.

August 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.

July 2018

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:

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June 2017
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.

June 2017

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!

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May 2017

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.

May 2017

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).

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In the meantime, if you want to support us, please visit our Pledge Sports page where you can donate to a worthy sporting cause.

April 2017
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.


March 2017
Check out our feature on the BBC website. They followed some of our awesome wind tunnel training at Twinwoods Adventure recently. Click on the link below to read the article.

March 2017
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Jyro who founded NZ Aerosports. This fantastic company has sponsored NFTO with some amazing canopies including the Crossfire, Safire and JVX which we jump and feel safe with. Jyro was more than just a friend of NFTO, he was an amazing canopy wing designer and will be sorely missed by the community. Blue skies.

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February 2017

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.

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Jan 2017

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.

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October 2016

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.

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September 2016

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!

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Credit: Craig Poxon

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August 2016

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!

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Thanks for the great photo Rob Lloyd.

May 2016

Super Sunpath containers are here! We love these little beauties, thank you Sunpath Products and NFTO!

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April 2016

The girls take Bronze at the Bodyflight World Challenge. Lots to learn, lots to be proud of.

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January 2016

January is normally a very cold month to be skydiving in Europe, however we have been far from hibernating. We have just returned from the high level competition Windoor Games at the Empuriabrava wind tunnel. Facing fierce competition, we took the silver medal and were only 5 points behind the winners, “Wim’in France”. With new team mate Vana Parker flying as Outside Centre, we put up a credible 18.8 average over 10 rounds.

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December 2015

The World Air Games are here at last. Competition is under way in the sunshine, and it is going to be a good battle for the podium.

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November 2015

No rest for team NFTO. Two intense training weekends in a row back in Empuriabrava, preparing for the World Air Games.

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September 2015

Goal achieved! We are the top female team at the British Nationals and we are now the Official British Female team again. Chicago World Championships 2016 here we come.
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August 2015

New canopies are here! Our fantastic canopies with NFTO logos sewn on the bottom have arrived and are a delight to fly. Courtesy of Icarus Canopies and NFTO – thank you.

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July 2015

The team have Won Gold at the Hibaldstow Cup, a great warmup for the Nationals in September.
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May 2015

NFTO have just completed their first training camp this year at Skydive Hibaldstow with expert coach Steve Hamilton. This first camp concentrated on bringing together the two halves of NFTO and Kaizen whose jumping styles have significant differences. Despite some poor weather over Lincolnshire, the team were still able to make 70 jumps together including a fantastic 18 on one day. Congratulations goes to Anna Hicks who did her 3000th jump and Simon Brentford who did his 4000th jump during the week.
This gives the team a great foundation moving on to the second camp in a few weeks time at Empuriabrava.
Check out an nice exit video compiled by Simon our cameraman and some photo’s on the Facebook page.

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April 2015

NFTO win Bronze at the World Challenge Wind tunnel Competition.

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Feb 2015

A new jumper lineup has been announced.

Jan 2015

NFTO win the Wind Games tunnel completion in Spain.

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Dec 2014

Anna wins bronze at the Dubai International Parachuting Champs as a guest member on British team XX.

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October 2014

5th place at Bodyflight Revenge Challenge with a 21.2 average over 10 rounds.

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The teams highest indoor average, 1 point behind 4th place!

September 2014

“Bodyflight Isis finish 5th place at the UK National Skydiving Championships with a 17.3 average over 10 rounds, equaling thier 2013 average with their 2014 lineup, 1point behind 4th place.”
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Equaling last years average with the new lineup, 1 point behind 4th place. The UK National Skydiving Championships 2014, held at Skydive Hibaldstow, was the largest skydiving competition in the World.

Kaizen take First Female team, and Open Bronze in 2014 British Nationals.

Kaizen Bronze 2014 Nationals

August 2014

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After 15 jumps from 1pm at Skydive Netheravon Laura did her 1000th jump! Here she is above getting shaving cream thrown in her face courtesy of her husband!

August 2014

Isis win Gold at the Armed Forces Parachuting Championships

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Despite the not so great weather the team managed all 8 rounds at the Armed Forces Parachuting Championships competing in the open senior category. We topped the table with a whopping 49 point lead. Anna represented the team at the medals ceremony above.

August 2014

Kaizen finish in bronze at the World Championships in Prostejov, Czech Republic.

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June 2014

Isis win Gold at the UK Skydiving League competition at Skydive Netherhavon

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After 6 rounds Isis stormed ahead with an average of 18.3, 29 points ahead of second place

May/June 2014

The team do a 122 jump training camp at Skydive Perris over 10 days

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Over 10 days at Skydive Perris the team completed their first in-air training of the season. The team competed 122 jumps fine-tuning everything they had worked on in the wind tunnel since November ready for the start of the competition season when they returned to the UK

May 2014

The team coach at the British Parachute Association Coaching Roadshow at Sibson Parachute Centre

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November 2013

Bodyflight Isis announce their new line-up for the next 3 years

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August 2013

Isis win World Bronze and European Silver in Bosnia!

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Skydive Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina was the unexpectedly wonderful location for the 2013 World Cup and European Cup.  Isis finished third Women’s team in the world,  only beaten by the full time professional teams from the USA and France. An awesome result!

August 2013

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July 2013

Luci and Anna collect the team’s Gold medals at the Armed Forces Parachute Championships

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Skydive Netheravon was the home of the Armed Forces Parachute Championships.  Luci and Anna initially helped by coaching the Military teams at their home Dropzone,  before Isis started competing and swept the board winning Gold in the Open Senior category.

June 2013

The team takes gold at the Sibson UKSL.

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Despite the frustrating weather conditions the team eventually got in the air on Sunday afternoon. With only 3 of 6 rounds complete and some fierce competition, the competition was finally declared as over with Bodyflight Isis taking gold.

May 2013

Boyflight Isis win gold at the Langar UK skydiving league.

In early May the team competed in their first in air competition. Despite the marginal weather conditions and a lot of waiting around on the ground for cloud to clear the team pulled off three fantastic rounds to take gold at the regional competition. We look forward to more of the same at our next competition in late May at Sibson Airfield.

April 2013

Bronze medal win at the Bodyflight World Challenge Indoor Skydiving Championships 2013.

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At the beginning of April some 100 skydiving teams from 20 different nations descended on the Bodyflight Bedford wind tunnel to compete for the World Challenge Indoor Skydiving Championships. After 10 rounds of intense and tough competition against the current world champions we won bronze in the female category and were also the highest scoring British team overall. Our achievement was made even more significant by the fact we scored significantly higher than the bronze medalists in the December 2012 World Skydiving Championships (Norway). All in all a great competition and a great result.

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