Skydiving gold, silver for down-to-earth Kyra

Kyra Poh soaring at last week's World Indoor Skydiving Championship in Canada, where she won an individual gold and teamed up with Choo Yi Xuan for a silver.
Kyra Poh soaring at last week's World Indoor Skydiving Championship in Canada, where she won an individual gold and teamed up with Choo Yi Xuan for a silver.PHOTO: SKYVENTURE MONTREAL

Singapore's Kyra Poh won the freestyle junior title at the biennial FAI World Indoor Skydiving Championship on Sunday, after topping the same category in last year's FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving.

She recorded a total of 64.1 points over the seven-round event to clinch the gold medal by a mere 0.9 of a point over American Kayleigh Wittenburg in Laval, Canada.

The humble 15-year-old, who picked up the sport five years ago, said that while "the medal doesn't necessarily confirm my progress because judging can be subjective and perhaps I was luckier this time... I feel that my flying routine and techniques are smoother, more technical and better executed this year".

She added: "There was definitely higher expectations on how much better I should perform in each round. So I felt the pressure was also a lot higher to outperform what people have seen from me."

Kyra, who used to represent Haig Girls' School and the Singapore Swimming Club at swim meets, later linked up with her training partner Choo Yi Xuan, 16, to clinch the silver in the dynamic two-way artistic category - an achievement which had her saying: "I am not just pleased, I am super stoked and elated."

The duo, representing Team Firefly, were the only female pair among the 22 teams and competed in the open category despite being eligible for the junior category. They had finished fourth last year.

Kyra also teamed up with Joshua Lee, Jordan Lee and Danelle Goh to represent Team Skyblockers for the four-way formation skydiving in the junior category.

This latest triumph caps a stellar year for the School of the Arts student. She had won two golds at the 2017 Wind Games in Spain in February and added another four golds at the Australian Indoor Skydiving Championships 2017 in August.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2017, with the headline 'Gold, silver for down-to-earth Kyra'. Print Edition | Subscribe