Early this year, Anamika had become the youngest female of the country to bag a license for professional skydiving.
She has received a certificate for her achievement duly ratified by the World Air Sports Federation (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale or FAI) judge.
In Wingsuit Swing Skydive, one jump is done by the skydiver from an aircraft and in the same jump, a jump is also performed while using a wingsuit. During it, the skydiver after exiting the aircraft, hangs to a wing suiter and the wing suiter flies back to the drop zone even as the skydiver jumps over the drop zone or the targeted landing area.
“I made the jump on November 27, 2022, from Drop Zone located at Rayong in Thailand. I exited from the aircraft at an altitude of 13,000 feet and from wingsuit at an altitude of 6,000 feet, opening of parachute was at 4000 feet. Name of the aircraft from which I jumped was Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Kodiak,” shared an ecstatic Anamika, the younger of the two daughters of junior warrant officer (retd) Ajay Kumar Sharma of Sangam city.
“The fact that I am the first Indian to successfully complete a ‘Wingsuit Swing Skydive’ and just among a handful in the world makes me happy,” she added.
Anamika first jumped from a height of 10,000 feet when she was just 11-years-old. Today, she has 100 jumps to her name, having executed them using 10 different types of parachutes and six different aircraft.
At the age of 21, Anamika had bagged her ‘A’ category professional United States Parachute Association (USPA) licence from Dubai drop zone in January 2022 and followed it up with a ‘B’ category USPA license after a jump in Thailand in May 2022. The January 2022 jump also made both Anamika and her father, a trained commando of the Indian Air Force, the only father and daughter duo who are professional sky-divers in the country. Anamika has done her early schooling from Prayagraj and is now pursuing a BTech degree from Bengaluru.
“I feel so proud of being just the fifth woman professional sky-diver in the country and the youngest to have achieved the feat of bagging the USPA licence,” said Anamika, a resident of Prayagraj’s Neem Sarai colony.