Published: May 24, 2016
As part of our Give It Away In May Campaign we are offering a FREE Theory Course on May 10th for all the women out there who have always wanted to learn to skydive solo. Ladies! This is YOUR chance to enter into a world so many will not dare to go! In the weeks leading up to the event, we are going to introduce you to a few inspirational women who have chosen the journey of skydiving. Read on and meet these skydiving legends!
Meet Cloe Castle: Model/fashionista, passionate skydiver, dedicated Mother, skull-and-cross-bone-wearing, never-ending-hug-giving, Ace of a human.
"For me, it isn't just a sport - it is home, it is family, it is a sense of belonging, it is being involved in something bigger. It is a constant reminder that self-improvement is ongoing and that I am bigger than the things that scare me. It allows me and teaches me to be the best possible version of myself."
SASD: What was the inspiration for you to become a solo skydiver?
CC: Originally, I came out to the dropzone to complete what I had thought would be a once off experience - my first ever tandem skydive. However, while I was there eagerly awaiting my jump, I happened to notice these people wandering around... they all had their own fancy little backpacks and they all had the biggest smiles I had ever witnessed. I quickly began to realize that these people did skydiving as a sport/hobby. I went up for my jump and the second I reached the ground I knew that this was something that I NEEDED to be part of. There are no words to adequately describe how amazing skydiving is. I was hooked from the second my feet touched back down on the now seemingly boring ground.
SASD: How long have you been in the sport?
CC: I have been involved in this magnificent sport for about a year and a half.
SASD: What disciplines are your favourite? Why?
CC: It's still early days for me, so it's a little difficult to know at this stage. However, I am incredibly excited to get a taste of the vast variety of disciplines and find the one that I love the most. It's so exhilarating to know that there are so many options available and so many different opportunities. But at this point I just love getting up in the sky with my friends and having fun. I think the more fun that I'm having, the more that I subconsciously improve my skills at flying my body and my canopy.
SASD: What would you say is the greatest challenge of the sport for you personally?
CC: The greatest challenge that I face is very much on a mental level. It's pushing past those barriers that I create for myself. Whether it be fear, self-doubt, fear of failure or simply overcoming nerves. I definitely haven't been a "natural" at skydiving, so for me to continually push past my own mental blocks and overcome these barriers is a very invigorating experience. With the support and knowledge of my skydiving family, I haven't allowed myself to be overwhelmed by the challenges. Instead, I have found myself feeling exceptionally proud and happy when I smash down one of the metaphorical walls I have built.
SASD: What do you do/ what keeps you busy when you aren't skydiving?
CC: I was going to make up some elaborate story about how I'm secretly a superhero and vigilante, fighting crime by night. But the reality is that I lead a pretty normal life. I'm a busy Mama to my 4 year old son, who frequently informs me (while he jumps off the furniture) that he can't wait to be a skydiver. I work fulltime in the wine industry. I do dabble a little in alternative modelling and I love live music, camping and spending time with my friends and family. I like to just enjoy life and all the little beautiful moments that make it so worthwhile.
SASD: How do you think skydiving has changed you as a person?
CC: Skydiving has without a doubt changed me for the best. It has allowed me to learn skills to work better under pressure and to deal with stress and anxiety. It has helped me become more centred and given me perspective on what is truly important in life. It is one of the most positive, supportive and exciting sports to be involved in. But mostly, it has taught me what "passion" is. I never knew how it felt to have something that completely set your soul and heart alight... something that ignites an inferno of amazing feelings inside of you. Skydiving has become such a big part of my life. I have immersed myself in it. For me, it isn't just a sport - it is home, it is family, it is a sense of belonging, it is being involved in something bigger. It is a constant reminder that self-improvement is ongoing and that I am bigger than the things that scare me. It allows me and teaches me to be the best possible version of myself.
SA Skydiving Adelaide, adventures in Langhorne Creek signing off. Stay tuned to hear more from SA Skydiving's female sports skydivers throughout the rest of this week.