Running for USPA National Director

Mission

To continue being a part of the sport which has given much to me. My mission is to help continue moving the sport forward using my unique and diverse skill set in the sport, and to help better communicate and promote our sport within and out of the industry.

melissa lowe skydiver runs for uspa naitonal director

ABOUT ME

I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of a skydiving family whose lives have been built around the sport. I grew up on the dropzone, a place that has always felt like home, and the jumpers always feel like family. I watched my dad inspire new jumpers, motivate those moving forward, and challenge the experienced jumpers by organizing world records. However in the beginning, I never knew if skydiving was for me.

Unlike many others, I never had dreams of flying. It was an everyday reality for me. I wasn’t scared of it, I just wanted to do and be something different than my dad. I suppose that’s just the rebel teenager in me!

I made my first tandem skydives at a young age, yet I barely recollect doing them. I feel like there’s enough photos, and old jumpers still around that tell the story of my first jumps, that I feel like I remember it. It wasn’t until I was 16 did I make my first solo jump. AND I LOVED IT! I was hooked, but also distracted with school, and well, boys!

I slowly progressed in the sport. It wasn’t until I was 19 did I get hired for my first load organizing gig and was paid for fun jumping that I knew the direction of my life was set. I knew then I wanted to pursue the sport.

melissa lowe indoor skydiving at age 8

IN BETWEEN

I had the honor and privilege of organizing and competing around the world, and experienced our sport through the eyes of others. Here’s a snapshot of those experiences:

  • AFF Instructor from 2000 – present
  • Load Organizer from 2001 – 2014 (organized at: Skydive Elsinore’s Chick’s Rock, Skydive AZ’s Holiday Boogies, Skydive Carolina’s Carolina Fest, Skydive Chicago’s Summerfest, Skydive Ramblers Sky Sisters, Skydive Puerto Escondido’s Holiday Boogie, and more)
  • Dropzone Owner of Skydive Chicago from 2003 – 2006
  • Stunt woman for several TV shows (nationally & internationally)
  • USPA National Freestyle, Freefly & 10-Way Champion
  • Events & Marketing Coordinator at Skydive AZ (2014-2016)
  • Organized 3 USPA National Championships (behind the scenes; 1 at Skydive Chicago, 2 at Skydive Arizona)
  • Speaker at PIA and APF Conferences about marketing, event promotions & world records

OTHER

NOW

In short, I now have 11,000+ skydives and 23 world records. Here’s a snapshot:

  • 11,000+ skydives
  • 23 World Records (in Formation Skydiving, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Vertical Sequential Formation Skydiving, Upright World Records, and Wingsuiting)
  • USPA Safety & Training Advisor
  • Member of WSN Pro Team (an all female demonstration team)
  • Organizer for 2 upcoming World Records (2-Point VSWR; and 100-Way WVWR)
women's vertical world record 65-way photo by jason peters

Why USPA National Director?

I wanted to run this past election, but with all my work and upcoming projects, I didn’t see being a valuable candidate as I was very busy. Now, many of my projects come to a close this summer and figured that now would be a great time to run.

I want to run for USPA National Director because I’ve really enjoyed all the various kinds of work I’ve been a part of in skydiving. Having been involved in skydiving since birth, I have a unique perspective to the sport, witnessing great changes over the decades. I’m also still very involved in the sport, and traveling nationally for various events, world records, and demos. I feel my diverse experiences, and active role in the sport would make me a great candidate for the board, especially a national director position!

How to Support my Candidacy?

Elections will be at the end of the 2021 season through USPA’s website. To support, I would appreciate your sharing this blog post, telling friends about my candidacy, and of course, voting for me!

I’ll post a link here when voting is live. Only current USPA members are eligible to vote.

Thank you, I sincerely appreciate your consideration!

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