sorry I don't know how to do the quote things, but dbac said:
"If you want something bad enough, you'll be surprised how often you can find a way. For every rich kid in this sport there's someone who started off by packing and/or not buying food at the DZ, just eating leftovers from everyone else so they could do "one more jump".
If you really wanted to be a world class skydiver you'd go work for minimum wage on the reception desk at a tunnel until an instructor/tunnel rat vacancy opened up."
I would think it would be better to get a really good job, earning as much money as you can and the pay for really good coaches/tunnel time etc rather than trying to get a job on minimum wage working at a tunnel where they seem to want you to sell them your soul for the chance to fly. Why is it that it's only considered noble if you've suffered for it?
I know there is no possibility of Jamie ever winning gold in the tunnel as he's up against people who own their own wind tunnels and people who work in the sport 24/7. He does it for the FUN of it, not because he's looking to make skydiving a career. It's being part of a team and pushing yourself. I don't see why people have an issue with the fact I pay for it. He's 16. He's at college studying.
Flying is what he does to transcend the problems of his every day life and I'm prepared to do everything I can to make that happen for him.
I just don't get why people have a problem with it. If you won the lottery, would you say "oh, I don't have to struggle to pay for this any more - I should give up skydiving to give the people who do a chance?" or would you go out and buy yourself a new rig to celebrate and jump as much as you could?
Oh well, I probably should take my friends' advice and not go posting on the forum for fear of people having a go at me and it upsetting me (which it does) but I'd just like to know where the crime is in helping people to fly?