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It’s Raining Records for POPS in France! 100 years after the first jump of a French female and, for the 10th birthday of the French women’s team ‘Libellules POPS’, 11 women of the Club ‘POPS France’ registered the first French Record… AND a new Women’s World POPS Record in FS sequential with 2 points 11-way.

Furthermore, with the reinforcement of some talented lady freeflyers and promising young women in FS, the first French female FS record was registered with a beautiful 15-way formation.

And, the cherry on top, at 7pm, the team and Polo Grisoni, made an ‘S’ for ‘Skin’ in the skies above Lapalisse. The ‘Skin’ association helps the women affected by breast cancer and, this year was partner of the Feminine National Gathering, organized by the French Federation of Parachuting to Lapalisse.

Feminine National Gathering

This beautiful adventure began at the end of May when Claude Daviet, Operations Manager of DZ Lapalisse, asked me to organize a women’s POPS record during July 19-20th, 2014. He provided us with a lovely Casa plane and coach, Polo Grisoni. It was an unmissable occasion!

However, the record very nearly did not happen. Recruitment was difficult due to the lack of communication from the Federation. We only had 2 days to skydive, which was difficult to justify the travel, even for our European neighbours. The weather forecasts were bad so even some who registered did not make the journey…

Luckily, because of years of experience, the hard core of the POPS ignored the forecast and came anyway. Indeed this was fortunate because in the morning, the weather gods smiled on us and the results followed.

However, France has numerous high-level women in FS and we would have hoped for a bigger number. Previously, in 1992 during the Women’s World Record in FS, a 100-way established in Le Luc, the team contained 26 French ladies.

But, it was necessary to open the door … These first two records are on the table and now ask to be beaten …

The lovely POPS team
First point 11-way FS feminine POPS record
Second point, feminine POPS World Record

As regards POPS Records, the pool is certainly more restricted. But it exists and has a good technical level also. I do not despair! With the help of our American POPS Records Administrator, Alicia Moorehead, and of our European friends, we will form a team to establish a new Women’s World Record FS POPS, which stands at 23 since 2001.

History of Female Records in France

1914: 1st jump of French feminine from an aeroplane, by Lucienne Cayat de Castella in Nevers, France
1990: Women’s world record FS 80 in Niort, France
1992: Women’s world record FS 100 in Le-Luc, France
2001: TBM POPS Women’s World Record FS 23 in Perris California USA
2004: Birth of the French team “Libellules POPS” with Mimi Monin,
Marjolaine De Pury, Martine Monzerian, Joëlle Perrin-Putinier
2014: 1st TBM POPS World Record FS sequential 2 points in 9-way, Lake Elsinore California, USA
2014: New TBM POPS World record FS sequential and, the 1st French women’s record in FS sequential by the POPS team, with 2 points in 11-way to Lapalisse, France
2014: 1st French women’s FS record, 15-way in Lapalisse, France

## Special Thanks

  • to DZ DZ Lapalisse and to Joël Cruciani to have welcomed us,
  • DT Claude Daviet with whom to work is always a pleasure,
  • To our Coach Polo Grisoni for his competence and patience. With an infinite kindness he took into account our different levels,
  • to our Videomen, Guy Marceaux and Alain Bridon,
  • to our Judges, Christine Letourneur, François Bonicalzi and our chief judge Yves Letourneur for their professionalism and cheerfulness.

Meet: Lesley Gale

Lesley has been in love with skydiving for 35 years. She is a multiple world and national record holder and a coach on 20 successful record events worldwide. She has over 100 competition medals spanning more than 25 years and has been on the British 8-way National team at World events. She started Skydive Mag to spread knowledge, information and passion about our amazing sport.
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