2015 Aussie Big Way Record Official Updates




We did it!!! New Aussie record of 119 
31st May 2015

Tracey's Wrap-up:

WE DID IT!!!!!!!! A NEW AUSSIE 119WAY NATIONAL RECORD!!!

Thank you to everyone that hung in there to that very last jump on Sunday. I think everyone at Perris would agree it was a tough event. It was intense to say the least! The weather was not on our side for starters. We lost vital training jumps and they were long days jumping till sunset when we did manage to get in the loads. There was a dislocated thumb (bloody hell Richard), a broken foot (no chasing cut aways next time Darren), a black and blue ankle (you are a trooper Peta), runny noses, blocked sinus, aching bodies and those nursing previous knee, shoulder and foot injuries... but we held it together until that last jump on Sunday to make our new Aussie Record!

A link below to the Sydney Channel 7 Sunrise TV show. Love your work Andrew, LG and Ove! I’m sure there will be more to come. Thank you Kelly Brennan for all your hard work on the media.

https://au.tv.yahoo.com/…/w…/28306435/aussie-skydive-record/

I must say, my heart was and still is heavy for those who didn't make it to the last record jump. One mistake during those four record attempt days was devastating. When we learned a team member was cut, I know everyone in the team was sad. Over our two year journey we have lived and breathed big ways together and have shared so many moments making it one Aussie Bigway family. When one fails, it was not easy for everyone else on the team. But when you guys rallied on that last jump; when you wished us well at the gate, when you held your heads high cheering us on with that Aussie, Aussie Aussie chant with flags flying high and proud, when you 'saluted' the seven planes on take-off, when you were at the fence waiting for us once we landed with hugs and high fives... that meant so much to us all and I was certainly proud to be Australian and to be part of this amazing journey and record jump that the blood, sweat and tears were all worth it!!!

Having not even taken off my rig after our record jump Greg Jack gives me a bear hug and announces we were going again in a few years’ time. Shite, what?! I went weak at the knees and just about collapsed! I guess we now know what it takes; we have learned so much in this journey why waste the experience and knowledge gained? When Greg Jack says we will go again – we will go again! So for those who want to make the next Aussie Big Way Team, for those that have hounded me that you want more, for those that didn’t make it and want another chance, for those who always dreamed of being part of the Big Way Australian Team, THIS IS IT! Another chance to do it again!!!!

So stay tuned. We will gather momentum, train hard, go bigger and do it again! I have bcced this email to my entire big way email list so will post on facebook if anyone would like to comment in reply.

Love Tracey

xxx



Mike Dyer's Reflections on the Big Way camp:
Being part of the Aussie Big Way Record Attempt 2015 was an enriching experience!

Being on the actual jump would have been immeasurably more amazing, but for a number of us, for a variety of reasons, it was not to be.

There are positives to be drawn from the experience for most of us, even though we didn’t achieve our primary goal.

· Being on the largest formation we have ever been on.

· Some most enjoyable & exciting individual dives in the lead up camps.

· Exposure to the P3 techniques & coaching tips.

· Being in the air with so many other people and kept safe by the experience & discipline of the P3 team.

· The opportunity when off the big way jump, to work on weaknesses with the actual P3 coaches AND do some fun skydives out of awesome aircraft. (Pylon racing anyone?)

· Getting a bigger refund than most others at the end. (OK, I’d happily trade that one!)

Personal lessons will vary for individuals depending on their respective weaknesses, but here are a short list of mine:- -

· Stay in the moment. Concentrate through every part of every dirt dive.

· Listen! When the coaches say put on weights, put them on!

· Technique gets you there, weights enable you to stay there and keep flying your slot!

· If you don’t go low, you haven’t found your limit!

· Stay current, particularly in the 6 months before the event.

· The skills required are just that. SKILLS!

· They need to be practiced to the point where they are NOT thought about.

· You just DO!

· If you do Tunnel time, (absolutely invaluable!!!), follow up with time in the sky!

· You’ve got to put those newly learned skills into muscle memory, while they are fresh.

So, if you consider joining the next big way effort, think on these things:-

· Your jump numbers are not an obstacle. There is a minimum number, but there were a few people on the record who had less than 300 jumps.

· Speak to people who were there, they’d love to talk about it!!

· No matter what experience level you’re at, if you haven’t done a big way camp, you’ve got so much you can learn.

· With effort, it’s not beyond any one of us. If you’re a regular sport skydiver, you’re already achieved a lot. You are active in a sport that less than .05% of Australians will ever regularly engage in! 
  (NB. Email me if you’re interested in the stats).

· The visuals of that many people in the sky at one time are truly amazing.
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