Indoor skydiving world champ Kyra Poh on flying high with sister Vera: ‘One day, she will be better than me’

Vera: I’m in Secondary 1, and my classmates and school friends are very supportive of what I do. When I miss out on school, they would tell me what I’d need to catch up on. And as it’s a new sport to them, they ask me questions and make the effort to understand what I do, and why I love it. My school has also allowed me to train flying as a co-curricular activity (CCA). 


Kyra: I’m usually away for the summer, but my ex-partner Yi Xuan and I (who used to compete together) train about up to 40 professional flyers on Saturdays. The oldest is a 52-year-old – he’s Japanese and trains with us on the weekends.

Vera: Yi Xuan coaches me and my four-way dynamic flying team. When my sister’s away, I help to coach the others on Saturdays, and I coach speed rounds, one-on-one, on Thursdays as well. The flying community’s really close – we’re going to bring some of our professional flyers to Australia to compete in smaller competitions for fun, which I’ll probably take part in with one of them. 


Vera: She’s always very positive even when something goes wrong. That changes the whole mood of the situation, and it never fails to make me feel better. 

I really wanted to get into the School of the Arts, and when I didn’t get in, my sister helped me to be optimistic about it. She said: “You won’t have super long days like I did, and you will have more time to hang out with your friends even if you choose to continue flying as a sport.”  And she’s right. I am really enjoying my school and time with my friends now. 

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