Singapore teen Kyra Poh wins junior freestyle gold at Indoor Skydiving World Cup

Singapore's Choo Yi Xuan (left) and Kyra Poh (right) with iFly Singapore's Lawrence Koh.
Singapore's Choo Yi Xuan (left) and Kyra Poh (right) with iFly Singapore's Lawrence Koh.PHOTO: IFLY SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - Indoor skydiver Kyra Poh captured a gold medal in the junior freestyle category at the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) World Cup of Indoor Skydiving which ended on Sunday (Oct 16).

The 14-year-old Singaporean topped the standings with 63.3 points after nine rounds, ahead of Austrian siblings Andrzej (61.2) and Aleksandra (59.4) Soltyk.

The competition was held in Warsaw, Poland from Oct 11-15.

Kyra, who is a School of the Arts student, had won the Australian Championship Freestyle Open title in August.

She had lost her shoe in the middle of her flight routine but remained composed. She said: "I was really excited and wanted to showcase a perfect performance however when I landed my spin, I accidentally hit the wall and my shoe came off.

"For a split second, I didn't know if I should continue but I saw my mum's face and she was cheering me to go on, so I continued.

"It was actually a challenge to carry on without my shoe as my routine's ending includes a move where I had to run on the wind tunnel's net, and it was slippery and difficult to execute for that last part. I am really glad I managed to finish it."

She and fellow teenager Choo Yi Xuan, 15, placed fourth for Team Firefly in the Dynamic 2-way category on Saturday. They finished behind teams Vipers, France 1 2WD and SUISSE One.

Kyra said: "I think it's not about the win that matters. It was mostly to expose the sport of indoor skydiving to Singapore. After my performance in Poland, hopefully this sport will be more well known in Singapore and I'm also rooting for it to be an Olympic sport one day, so I can represent the nation on a larger stage."