Paraclete XP Outdoor Skydiving Championship

gkf42After a strong third place finish at the XP Paraclete Indoor Skydiving Championships, the Golden Knights Female 4-way Team is geared up and ready to blow away the competition at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Skydiving Championships. The team arrived in Deland, Florida on Tuesday, with a few practice days planned in preparation for the Competition. GKF4 met up with their coach, Sully Williams, to game plan for the upcoming meet. After 15 solid jumps, hours of debrief, and a lot of time dirt diving, the team is excited and confident about the days to come.
The usually sunny Florida weather has unfortunately not showed up yet. The first day of the competition was cancelled due to low clouds and rain. The moral of the team remains high leading into the weekend, with hopes of ten fast rounds and high scores.

SFC Davidson Mentored the Buccaneers onTeamwork

mattspeach2On the evening of Tuesday, March 17, SFC Matt Davidson of the 8-Way Formation Skydiving Team was invited by the Jack Britt High School Baseball Team to throw the honorary First Pitch to open their game. This marked the fifth year the Buccaneers have held their Annual Military Appreciation Night.

Prior to the game, SFC Davidson was invited to talk to the Buccaneers about the importance of teamwork, of being a part of something larger than the individual and working together toward a common objective. Drawing from his 20 plus years of experience, the three time World Champion shared insight as to what it takes to become a highly successful team.

Led by Coach Christopher Dague, the Buccaneers took to the field in large fashion, demonstrating a high level of precision, discipline and teamwork. They won the game by a wide margin, besting the E.E. Smith Golden Bulls by a score of 15 – 2.

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Last Week’s Event Highlights

Photo 4 (6)The 8-way FST and the Women’s 4-way FST competed in the Paraclete XP Indoor Championships 2015. The Women’s 4-way FST earned third place in the open class behind the top two teams in the country. This year, their average score is 25.4 points compared to 24.1 last year. Their coach, Solly Williams, has mentored the team to better engineer exits from the airplane and be more aggressive with their formations, which has paid off. The Women’s 4-way FST has also been working with Mr. Joshua Orr from the Fort Bragg Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program. The CSF2 Team helps enhance their mental performance. The CSF2 Team will work with the rest of the USAPT over the year. The 8-way team had injuries preventing them from competing as a full 8-Way team. Instead, they broke up, combining with two collegiate teams to coach and compete with other members of the skydiving competition community. The 8-Way Team received great feedback on their course of action and drew several more teams to the competition. The 8-Way also chose four men who competed in the 4-way competition. Despite not training for 4-Way, they managed to take the fifth place out of 14 teams.

At Homestead ARB, FL, videographer Mr. Randy Swallows worked with the Demonstration and Tandem Teams on techniques for freefall photography and videography. Mr. Swallows taught the class how to pick the best settings and equipment based on the environment and type of shot desired. His recommendations for new equipment and placement for Army branding to ensure the best marketing exposure on our photos and videos were simple and economical.

Though the Team faced many weather delays for winds, the Team focused on full show demonstration maneuvers and integrating wing suits into the show.

USAPT would like to congratulate the Formation Skydiving Teams for their work in the Paraclete XP Indoor Championships; the Women’s 4-way FST for taking third place and the 8-Way FST for their creativity and effort to stay active in the event while combining with collegiate Teams. Their hard work and dedication exemplify what it takes to be part of the Army Team.

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