A teacher swapped her lesson for jumpng out of a plane in a bid to win a place in a world record attempt.
Bedford Academy teacher Jill Judd recently took to the skies in an attempt to win a place on a new British record skydiving attempt with Brit Chicks - an all-women skydiving organisation that has broken five skydiving records in the past ten years.
Pushing herself to new limits, rookie skydiver Jill, jumped from 13,000 feet in several practice jumps in her attempt to win a place on the record breaking attempt.
Jill said: “Although I was slightly disappointed not to make it into the final record-attempt, meeting and jumping with fellow female skydivers from across the UK was an amazing experience and has definitely inspired me in my jumps.
“My students gave me some good encouragement and are curious about what its like and even why I do it.
“At Bedford Academy we always try to help students learn through real life examples, and skydiving has really added to my geography lessons when I teach students about altitude and the importance of risk management.”
With competition tough for places, Jill narrowly missed out due to her status as a relative newcomer to the world of skydiving. Instead she enjoyed a perfect view of the final jump as seventy women from across the UK successfully formed a giant butterfly in the Nottinghamshire sky - albeit without creating a new record due to not all jumpers linking together on handgrips.
Jill first became involved in skydiving through her then boyfriend, now husband, and since jumping competitively this year, has taken part in several team jump competitions across the UK.
Principal Claire Smith said: “Jill is an excellent role model for our students, breaking down stereotypes about women sports and showing the rewards of overcoming obstacles.
“Developing character is all about defeating your fears and Jill’s determination is a great inspiration to the whole school.
“We wish her all the best as she continues to reach new heights.”