Australian indoor skydiving champion Amy Watson takes on the world

Amy Watson is already reaching great heights in the world of indoor skydiving.

After just two years in the sport, Amy, 11, is the reigning Australian junior freestyle champion and Polish Open champion.

The Dean Park resident also finished fourth at the World Cup of Indoor Skydiving in the under-17s category.

“I felt really good about myself because it was my first worldwide competition,” she said. 

“It was my first time competing with kids I’ve never competed against but it felt really good.”

Amy has continued her strong performances with a seventh-place finish at the 2017 Wind Games in Spain in February competing against adults.

Outside of competition, she is also the Guinness World Record holder for the most 360 belly spins in a minute.

She performed 44 in December to smash the previous record of 26.

“I got really excited after I broke it,” Amy said.

“I stopped counting at around 15 because I got really dizzy because I had to stay on a centre line but it felt really good.”

The love of the sport started when Amy asked her parents to try indoor skydiving for her ninth birthday party.

In the tunnel at a windspeed of 230km/h, Amy said she was hooked immediately.

Having progressed so far in such a short time, she has also forged a friendship with Finnish world champion Inka Tiitto, 30. The pair fly together when they have the chance.

“It’s really cool because she’s been travelling and it’s kind of hard to get time with her but she’s a really amazing person,” Amy said.

“It’s really fun because we’re around the same height, so we can fly at the same windspeed.”

The Year 7 student at Richard Johnson Anglican College at Oakhurst now looks forward to the International Bodyflight Association (IBA) Indoor Skydiving Competition at Virginia Beach in the US in April.

Dad Allan said he “couldn’t be prouder” of what she’s achieved in the last year.

“As a parent, all you want is for your child to do the best they can,” he said.

“The proud parent moments are just on overload at the moment and they just keep happening all the time.”

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