New sport gains attention in Parker

October 11, 2017 by  

A new sport, indoor skydiving, or “bodyflying” is gaining attention thanks in part to Sydney Kennett, from Sagewood Middle School in Parker.

Kennett trains in Lone Tree at iFly Denver, and competes across the country throughout the year.

The sport is popular more so in other parts of the world than in the United States, but its fans hope it will be seen on a global stage during the summers of 2020 and 2024. Kennett has been asked to help in this effort and said she is honored to be asked to do so.

Kennett had attended a Superheroes Camp that was held in Madrid, Spain over the summer. Other kids her age came from Hungary, Australia, Poland, and Canada to participate in training and exhibitions for 10 days. Kennett said it was an amazing experience to train and fly with some of the best in the sport from around the world. The 10 days were also filmed for a documentary.

Kennett placed first at a competition in Virginia Beach in April and at one in Phoenix in August. Her plans are to go to a competition in Tampa, Florida in December, but she is looking to return to Spain next year.

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