In episode 163 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Jules McConnel – 2007 AUS Canopy Piloting Intermediate Speed Champion and Current Female National Sky Diving Record Holder in this Interest Edition.
Jules McConnel is a champion sky diver and has amassed an incredible 10,500 jumps in her career. Through her key professional years jumping up to 900 times per year. In 2012 Jules joined up with her jumping partner Michael Vaughan to set an Australasian record of 300 jumps in a day. Jules specialises in canopy formation jumping and has been many times over the Australian representative of the world skydiving championships and at the time of recording was preparing for the upcoming World Championships to be held in Siberia.
During this episode Jules touches on the need to fight complacency in all that we do, remaining focused, the importance of listening to coaches, respecting those that have gone before us and Jules outlines the darkest day in her professional career, that of losing her jumping partner in a fatal accident, Michael Vaughan in 2015. We also discuss the highs, the lows and the learnings.
Listen in as we delve into the following:
- Introduction to Jules McConnel
- Learning about Canopy Transformation
- Training and refining spots in canopy transformation
- Best Accomplishments in her career to date
- Level of Fatigue in Jumping
- Record Breaking Jump
- How to handle when things go wrong in a skydive
- Darkest Day of her career
- Typical Travel Speed for Jules
- Fitness for Skydivers
- Performance Round
- Connection with Sky Divers
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“Just Breathe.” – Mantra
“Everything slows down and you feel connected.” – Being in the Zone
“Good Planning and Play the Plan” – Best Advice
“Chin-ups.” – Physical Challenge
“It makes you look at the world a little bit differently when you jump out of a plane”
“Key Attributes for Sky Diving”
1. Remain calm and focused
2. Never think you’re all over it.
3. Attention to detail
To follow Jules McConnel
Australian Parachute Federation:@apfskydive
1:42 Introduction to Jules McConnel
3:40 Jules is learning about Canopy Transformation
4:40 Training and refining spots in canopy transformation
8:05 Best Accomplishments in her career to date
11:30 Level of Fatigue in Jumping
13:25 Record Breaking Jump
21:00 How to handle when things go wrong in a skydive
22:45 Darkest Day of her career
24:05 Typical Travel Speed for Jules
25:15 Fitness for Skydivers
29:00 Performance Round
38:15 Connection with Sky Divers
42:00 Best Advice
42:40 Bucket List
43:50 Physical Challenge – Chin Ups
Michael Vaughan – Skydiver Partner
Robbie Maddison – Stunt Rider
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