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Круглый Стол фестиваля "HANDI FLY-2018"
3rd HandiFly International Challenge
"Experience, problems and ways of their solution on the use of parachuting opportunities for social and psychological rehabilitation of disabled people and their involvement in parachuting"
Contribution from the French Parachuting Federation
Marie Claude FEYDEAU:
Vice President of the French Parachuting Federation
Мари Клод FEYDEAU:
Miss FEYDEAU was still President of the French Parachuting Federation when she promoted for the first time the idea of offering to disabled persons the possibility of competing in parachuting sport. She has been President from 2009 to 2017. Since 2017, she is now Vice-President working hand in hand with the new President mister David ROTH. Both of them are very proud to support the HandiFly project. They hope to contribute to its growing among the most international countries as possible.
Tandem jumps for disabled persons have been technically possible in France since the introduction of tandem in 1985. At the beginning, few monitors where able to propose this kind of jump. Later, the French Federation organized some special formation course and created a federal official qualification called “tandem Handi sport qualification”. With the aim of revitalizing this activity, and to develop it more, Marie Claude FEYDEAU decided in 2013 to organize the first national festival of jumps with disabled persons. At this event, many new disabled persons discovered skydiving. She asked then the French Technical Director Jean Michel POULET to imagine a specific parachuting competition format for disabled persons that could become an official national championship. “Freefall tandem style” has been created, and Jérôme DAVID has written the rules. The first edition has been successfully tested in 2014. Then, in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the competition has been officially included in the French national skydiving championships program, side by side with accuracy landing, canopy formation, formation skydiving and artistic events categories. Marie Claude wanted as a symbol of inclusion to have both valid and disabled skydivers together on the same annual championship. Between 10 and 14 competitors participated on each edition. A national coordinator, mister Frédéric RAMI, has been nominated to take care of the development of this new activity. A national working group has also been created.
At the same time, parascending flight were also developed, with the creation of a special tandem trike trolley that allows disabled persons to take off with an instructor. A single place trolley is also actually developed to allow solo flights with disabled persons. Indoor flights for disabled in wind tunnels have been also strongly promoted by Marie Claude FEYDEAU, and shown in 2017 to miss Laura FLESSEL, the actual French Ministry of Sports, that has been very enthusiastic.
Under the impulse of the French Federation, more and more tandem monitors have been encouraged to get their “tandem Handi sport qualification”. Marie Claude FEYDEAU has also created a specific Label for the French drop zones when they are hosting jumps for disabled persons. Actually in 2018, 9 skydiving schools have this Label. They are supplied from the federation with specific suits, sky bags, and financial funds to help them to be able to propose a normal price of jump-slot for disabled and their monitors. French regions and clubs are also encouraged to support this activity.
After the successful launching of this activity in France, Marie Claude has then whished to see this idea travelling all around the world. The aim was to reach as much other countries as possible. She missioned Jérôme DAVID to find some European funds to organize a first international challenge in France. In 2016, the 1st “HandiFly Euro Challenge” has been a great success with 13 nations and 36 teams attending. She also helped our friends from Belarus to organize a 2nd edition of the challenge called “International Parachute and Dance Festival”. The actual 2018 “HandiFly International Challenge” is the 3rd edition and Marie Claude wants to congratulate both Belarusian and Russian organizers for their valuable support.
Because Marie Claude likes the first times, she has decided in 2018 to prepare specifically her national HandiFly teams to this event. In April 2018, she has organized for the 1st time in the French history the first national training camp for disabled persons.
HandiFly International coordinator
When he had to write many heavy files to candidate to the European Erasmus+ program of funds, Jérôme needed to find the right worlds to explain how the project was completely new and innovative. Inspired by a group of disabled persons from Lille that called their association “handi fly Lille Bondues”, he found that “HandiFly” was the correct way to call and describe all kind of activities made by disabled persons related to parachuting and flight. The HandiFly project he presented to the European Union was about parachuting, parascending and indoor skydiving. Each of those 3 activities has been proposed in Lille during the 1st “HandiFly Euro Challenge”. After the success of Lille, the International Parachuting Committee (I.P.C) of the World Air Sport Federation (F.A.I) has officially recognize HandiFly and created a disabled working group inside the Committee. Miss Aliya ANANINA from Russia is the actual chairwoman of the group.
To promote HandiFly all around the world, Jérôme has also created a Facebook page “HandiFly International” which compiles all HandiFly events and information from all around the world. After 3 editions of the HandiFly International Challenge, the total number of countries that participated at least one time at the challenge is up to 21 countries: Australia – Azerbaijan – Belarus – Belgium – Bulgaria – Croatia – Cyprus – France – Germany – Greece – Italia – Kazakhstan – Latvia – Macedonia – Monaco – Russia – Sweden – Turkey – United Kingdom – Ukraine – USA. This is an interesting result, but Jérôme thinks that a stronger attention must be developped to reach more and more new countries joining the process.
On the rules side of HandiFly competitions, Jérôme has been writing all international rules since the beginning. Before being involved in HandiFly, he had been member of the I.P.C Formation Skydiving sub-committee from 1990 to 2011. Jérôme hopes that in the future, HandiFly will be sufficiently spread so that the I.P.C disabled working group could take the lead on this part. After 3 years of hard work, he notes that we all need more and more to communicate towards I.P.C delegates to make HandiFly activities rising up.
In order to have a credible ranking system that could gather everybody, Jérôme has worked strongly with the French HandiFly working group and with the French national doctor Michel GUIAVARCH to imagine a fair system where anybody, whatever its handicap is, might be able to win the final ranking. This is the spirit of the coefficient of compensation system that they created together.
HandiFly International doctor
Michel is a doctor specialized in urgencies at the hospital of Gap. He his also the national skydiving doctor for the French Skydiving Federation. All year long, he follows the preparation of all high-level skydiving competitors from France. For the purpose of the whole HandiFly development, he wrote an international document called “medical restrictions for people with disabilities” that explains in his opinion all medical restrictions existing regarding tunnel flight, tandem parachuting and parascending with a trike trolley. Michel considers that whatever the handicap is, each situation is different and needs a personal statement for delivering a certificate of aptitude or not.
When he worked with Jérôme DAVID and the national HandiFly working group to define specific rules for HandiFly competition, the aim was to have all kind of disabled persons being ranked on a common and unique HandiFly ranking. The HandiFly community still have few tandem competitors on the international arena. It would be a mistake to divide the community with many subcategories.
Michel explains: “Like all sports for people with disabilities, HandiFly generates differences or adaptations in the physical performances. These differences could give rise to classifications in subcategories. But in HandiFly, to erase this difference, our choice has been to create some coefficients of compensation that bring to a uniformity of the results, every competitor seeing itself attributed before the competition a coefficient according first to its declared handicaps, and then to the medical examination made with the medical examination board of the competition site.To determine the coefficient of each competitor, several criteria are taken into account such as the nature of the handicap declared, the ability to turn left and right, the arms availability, the legs feature, the abdominal control, etc... Then the medical board proposes the coefficient to the chief judge that states officially each coefficient previous to the competition. The coefficient assigned may not be protested. However, the chief judge has the possibility to change it after evaluating the first round if it appears that the coefficient applied was imprecise regarding the turns ability as observed. In this case, the score given to the first round is adjusted accordingly with the new handicap coefficient applied. For later competitions, this coefficient may be also evolutionary in connection with the evolution of the pathology.”
With a backward drop of 5 years only, the French federation is still exploring and adaptating the table of coefficients of compensation. A constant analysis of videos to see the work in freefall of the HandiFly competitors is made. For 2018, the table has been slightly modified in order to create four classes (I, II, III and IV). The table is still allowing a unique and common ranking for all competitors on the same rank, but alongside from the official overall rankings those four classes allow to identify some classes winners too, which gives some more challenge to competitors that might get a special award.
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