“My favorite part of skydiving is the freedom,” Skydiving pro Amy Chmelecki explained. “There’s this amazing feeling of freedom when you step out of an airplane and fly around the sky—it’s just like the sky is so big and it’s so open and when you learn how to fly you can go anywhere.”
She knows, because she’s been doing it since she was 18-years-old. Now Chmelecki is at the top of her sport, owns 11 world records, and wants to be a role model, something she never had.
“If you only see men doing an activity, you can make an agreement in your head that only men do it. But it’s not the case,” Chmelecki said.
As she was breaking into the male dominated sport there were no women to look up to.
It was a similar case for Melissa Arnot Reid, who at the age of 24 became the first American woman to summit Mount Everest without an air tank.
“When I started climbing, I was really young, I’m 5’3 and I look the way I look and I think that people immediately would look at me and say ‘that little girl is not going to lead my rope team,’” Arnot Reid explained.
Since then she has climbed Mount Everest six times.
On this January evening the two are together, in Orlando, hosting a women’s summit with Red Bull to change the narrative.
Chmelecki spent a few hours with women introducing them to her sport inside iFly on International Drive. Then joined the rest of the panel alongside Arnot Reid to share their path, their hurdles and their advice to the women next to them—hoping to pay it forward.
“Now is the time for women to realize that they can do what they want,” Chmelecki reinforced. “They don’t have to sky dive but if they want to and they find enjoyment in it, just go for it.”
A unifying message from the women, up front, who see no bounds and are a part of a trend that they hope takes air.