SINGAPORE: The popularity of indoor skydiving could soar further if iFly gets its way in offering it as a sport in schools.
To spread the sport to more youngsters, iFly, the only operator in Singapore for indoor skydiving, recently developed an education and sports programme for students.
It has applied for the Sports Elective Programme (SEP), one of the platforms for schools and students to sign up.
This is similar to the SEP endorsed sports such as scuba diving, golf, wake boarding, snorkeling, ice skating, wind surfing and mountaineering.
If all goes to plan, up to 10 schools will be targeted by 2014. A school league will be set up a year later.
As ambassadors for the sport, Kyra Poh, 11, and Choo Yi Xuan, 12, are confident that their high flying acts will draw in more young ones.
Both girls, who are studying at Haig Girls School, have been involved in the sport since 2011. They currently train thrice a week
"It's very special and only a few people in Singapore know about this sport so I want to make it a real sport in Singapore so that a lot of other people will get to try it and it will be well known," said Kyra.
Since its opening in 2011, the iFly facility at Sentosa, one of the world's largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel, has a 70-80 per cent capacity utilisation rate.
And should the SEP take off, the operators are not ruling out the possibility of having a second similar facility here in Singapore. - CNA/fa
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