Taking up the next Challenge ......
It won’t have escaped your notice that today, the 6th February, is exactly a hundred years since Lloyd George granted women the vote - although you had to be over the age of 30 to use it at that point! It took a massive of amount of bravery and courage at the start of the 20th century, to take on the establishment of the day; go through imprisonment and force feeding and eventually win through; although it took another ten years for women to be granted the vote from the age of 21 and make them equal to the men!
Today, bravery takes many forms. Just a fortnight ago the British Army’s ‘Ice Maidens’ completed their Antarctic trek, crossing the continent on foot, using pure muscle power to pull their heavy sledges and completing their journey in just 61 days. Becoming the only all-female team to ever take on the challenge! Pretty impressive! Also a great way of encouraging women to take on something that is well outside their comfort zone and in a life threatening situation.
It’s thanks to people like Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragette movement that we get the chance to take on so many challenges of our own, stretching ourselves both mentally and physically.
Here at Skydive Netheravon there are a huge number of women skydivers, all taking on new challenges, trying different disciplines, jumping from new heights and testing their skills and their mental ability. This is a skilled sport, but an enjoyable one once the disciplines are mastered.
I make no apology for making this a rather female dominated blog, but on this particular day I hope I will be forgiven. Women can do anything they want to if they put their minds to it. Look back through the last century and you’ll find hundreds of women who have made a difference. So the next time you’re looking for a new challenge, look at learning to skydive. It takes strength of mind and body, and gives a great sense of well-being and renews self-confidence. There’s not much to beat it – well unless you are crossing Antarctica maybe!!
“I had a truly awesome experience yesterday, in every way. I was absolutely terrified but felt totally invincible afterwards and I even fell in love with your cameraman, Mike! Cam was lovely too and if I decide to do it again it would have to be with him. It was all very professional, from start to finish. They were a great bunch and I will recommend this to anyone and everyone. I jumped for the MS Trust and secured £723 in sponsorship so far with promises of more to come. It is great to feel alive again.”
“First ever tandem skydive for worthing churches homeless project today, loved it. Special thanks to my instructor Jay and the cameraman trevor who both made me laugh a lot and really relaxed me! definately want to jump again Thanks guys for a great day!”
"First charity tandem skydive done here last Saturday. Despite being extremely scared, the instructors made me feel completely at ease and in safe hands. Highly recommend anyone doing a jump, to do it here. Would definitely consider doing another skydive off the back of this experience despite my fear of heights and flying. Brilliant day and life experience. Thank you."
"First ever tandem skydive....amazing!!! Massive thank you to my instructor Gary u were fab!!!"
"Amazing Day, looked after from start to finish, great people, very friendly, relaxed atmosphere, Pete my tandem partner.. TOP BLOKE he was very professional and experienced. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to anyone."
"Wow first ever tandem skydive today for oakhaven. Raised over £1000, so thank you all ... with my daughter Leah lopez, amazing surreal, nothing else like it. Thank you to Gary and Jay...... Leah now wants to do more and do a single jump!! Eeek!"