Narellan teen ready to soar into national competition

Flying high: Narellan's Elise Brown was ranked 13th in the world at the recent FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving held in Bahrain.
Flying high: Narellan's Elise Brown was ranked 13th in the world at the recent FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving held in Bahrain.

Elise Brown is only 19 years old but she is already soaring amongst the top indoor skydivers in the world.

The talented Narellan teen flew into 13th spot at the recent FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving held in Bahrain.

Brown said she was excited to take part in her first international competition.

"It was nice to see how I ranked against people from all over the world," she said.

"It was also a good experience to see how other people performed and learn how different moves are judged against aesthetics to get a better score."

Brown's next big challenge is the Australian Open Indoor Skydiving Nationals to be held in Penrith on Saturday, August 24.

The competition is largest event of its kind held in the southern hemisphere.

Brown said people from across the world would be travelling to the event.

"We have competitors from across the country coming as well as people from Poland, Malaysia, Singapore and more," she said.

"The fact that people are travelling from overseas to compete in the national comp is a testament to how far Australia has come in the sport."

Indoor skydiving requires competitors to perform a series of moves or tricks inside an air tunnel which mimics the feeling of outdoor skydiving.

Competitors can take part in a range of categories with more structured, set routines or freestyle events.

Brown said she had been working "super hard" in the lead up to the national championship event.

"Hopefully I will win," she said.

"I have been training extra hard for this event since competing in Bahrain and hopefully it shows."

The avid indoor skydiver has been training on average for an hour a day, five days a week in the lead up to the event.

Brown also trains in the gym six days a week.

"You have to be strong and fit to perform some of the moves," she said.

"It is also a lot of pressure on your body."

Brown said her favourite category to compete in is the freestyle section.

"I love to be artistic and creative and come up with new things," she said.

"I like to be able to express myself and show people things that they might not have seen before.

"I do gymnastic yoga and it's good to be able to bring some of those ideas into the tunnel."

Brown said while indoor skydiving was challenging, it was also a great sport to be part of.

She encouraged other people to give it a go.

"There are lots of new things you can try," she said.

"You can also make great friends from all over the world in the sport.

"If you can hold yourself up in the tunnel you can pretty much do anything."