Women Set New Skydive Record


 Article by Skydive Spaceland

Women Set New Skydiving World Record at Skydive Spaceland During Jump for the Rose Breast Cancer Fundraiser
August 11, 2014   Contact (Skydive Spaceland): Christy West, Marketing Director 281-369-3337; Christy@SkydiveSpaceland.com
Contact (Jump for the Rose): Marian Sparks, 713-816-0185, marian@jumpfortherose.org
Rosharon, Texas (Aug. 11)—On Aug. 11, 2014, four female skydivers set a new world record for largest vertical skydiving formation performed in a head-up orientation (also known as sit-flying or feet-first flying) at Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, Texas, just south of Houston. The women achieved the record on their eleventh attempt during the annual Jump for the Rose fundraiser, which benefits The Rose, a nonprofit breast health organization providing screenings and diagnostics.

Head-up group skydiving records are relatively new on the world scene, and the Texas girls are the first to claim a world record in this category. This type of skydiving is high-speed and challenging even for very experienced jumpers. The four women who set the record—Cara Considine and Charity Kelly of the Dallas area with Tammie Frank and Alexandra Neale of Houston—were part of a group of 12 women working together to achieve the world record. Brad Perkins flew with the ladies to record the record performance. Three qualified judges have certified the performance, which is awaiting final ratification by the international governing body of aeronautics.

“Not only did I see some of the best all female feet first flying ever, I saw some of the best feet first flying, period,” said Ben Nelson, one of the group’s videographers and mentors.

“This is an amazing start to show what female skydivers can achieve,” said Neale. “I can’t wait to see this record broken again and again.”

The Jump for the Rose event was a great success in fundraising as well as record-setting. “We had our best year ever!” said Jump for the Rose founder Marian Sparks. “It was an honor to have some of the most talented lady skydivers attend and get the world record at our event! We raised more money than ever due to the generous support of our friends and sponsors. Donations are still coming in, and we expect to be able to donate more money to The Rose than we gave last year, which was $17,000.

“We are grateful for the awesome weather we had and to Skydive Spaceland for providing such a great facility to hold our event,” she added.

·         World record photo by Brad Perkins: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jjrqjmliwshkkr7/Womens%20HU%20WR%20jump%2011%20081014.jpg
·         Video: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fehe99urx2wi51p/Womens%20HU%20081014%20WR.mp4
·         Group photo by Brad Perkins: https://www.dropbox.com/s/v8qpcduhq546of1/Womens%20Headup%20Record%20Group%20Shot.JPG
·         Additional photos of early attempts by Ben Nelson: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ctzrelcjb7hqsqi/AAApz9HGlffcWHpcI1cbJaZCa
·         Additional video of an earlier attempt by Ben Nelson (with a really amazing rainbow): https://www.dropbox.com/s/6bf97px92q6oyhi/Video%20Aug%2009%2C%2016%2054%2022.mov

MEDIA NOTE: Several earlier attempts resulted in formations the same size as the claimed record, but as the girls declared a larger formation attempt on those jumps and were unsuccessful at that, those attempts were not certifiable as records. This is to clarify why the “additional” photos/video linked above show formations as big as that in the record photo linked first, but are not considered records.

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