On the 20th April two very brave members of the team at Burton HQ headed to Peterborough to JUMP OUT OF A PLANE (at 12,000 ft!!! all in support of our chosen charity Trekstock.
Together Natassja and Neale raised over £1500 for Trekstock with their skydive so massive props are in order for that!
We caught up with Neale afterwards to get the low-down on the whole experience…
Knowledge: Neale, what were your last thoughts as you took the leap out the plane?
Neale: To be honest, it all happened so quickly I didn’t have time to think about the leap. I remember looking down as I was being dangled out of the plane and thinking “Oh my God”, but then it took about 10 seconds into free fall before I actually realised what was happening. I was so scared on the journey up to 12,000ft that I could barely speak, someone jumped at 8,000ft, they weren’t allowed to jump above this height due to medical restrictions, seeing her jump out of the plane heightened my fear, she just disappeared and FAST, this made the climb to 12,000ft even more terrifying. For a split second I didn’t want to do it, I am so scared of heights, I was shaking, taking deep breaths, the person in front of me was getting filmed, I must have looked terrified in her video. Nastassja said I was as white as a sheet when I was about to jump. But all of a sudden I had this sense of calm as I was being shuffled towards the door and I jumped not feeling scared.
K: Would you do it again or was once enough?!
N: I would definitely do it again, the best thing about the jump was the freefall, falling out of the sky at over 120mph is the most exhilarating experience I’ve ever had. I will definitely do it again and get my friends to join me.
K: Any words of advice for anyone thinking of doing a skydive?
N: Do it, no matter how terrified you are, you will never be as terrified as me. Looking back I don’t know how I did it, but I’m so glad I went through with it, it was the most amazing experience, I’d recommend it to anyone.
K: Describe your skydive in 3 words…
N: Best experience EVER!!
Oh yes, the BIGGEST sporting event of the year is happening this Sunday. And, well, we can’t ruddy wait!
Sure, it’s a American football gig, but we’re using it as an excuse to show you all the cool, sporting stuff we have. If you get to know one trend at the moment, make it the varsity trend…just think sports jackets, light wash jeans and basic tshirts in all American colours.
NEW KICKS + SPORTS SOCKS
THE ALL-AMERICAN TEE
So, who’s going to win the game?!
With Freeze festival taking over Battersea Power Station last week, and the Ski & Snowboard show on this week, there’s gotta be no better time to talk skier and snowflake motifs, both of which are big news this winter – in fact, you’ll find it hard to miss them.
SKI + SNOWFLAKE MOTIFS: GET INVOLVED!
AND OF COURSE, SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM FREEZE!
(We wish we could board like this)
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Hurrah to the most successful British Olympic team yet! 22 golds, 48 shiny and thoroughly-deserved medals in total, and all on home turf. Burton have been well and truly struck with Olympic fever!
Here we bring you just a few of our stand-out moments, and favourite champs from the games so far, but of course the entire team deserve a pat on the back (and a drink, quite frankly on us all!)
What a legend! Bradley Wiggins (and his sideburns) get the GOLD in the cycling time trial
Mo Farah claimed GOLD in the 10,000m (and treated us to a rather cool rendition of the Mo-bot)
We’re dead happy for her - face of the games, Jessica Ennis wins heptalthlon GOLD
New on the scene, Greg Rutherford long jumps his way to GOLD. Can he do it again in Rio?
Andy Murray beats Federer to GOLD in the men’s singles – well done mate!
Top dog Ben Ainslie wins his 4th Olympic GOLD sailing medal, and righly so.
Chris Hoy takes his 6th GOLD of his career in the velodrome (and can now retire a happy man)
We’re chuffed for Laura Trott, who gets her 2nd GOLD in track cycling
Alaistar Brownlee wins GB’s 19th GOLD in the triathlon (and his bro takes bronze. What a pair!)
So with just a few days left, we’re getting rather over-excited! How will we fare on the leaderboard? Can we retain 3rd?! Keep your fingers crossed everyone, keep ‘em crossed.
Images courtesy of bbc.co.uk
We don’t know if you know, but Amir Khan popped into our Oxford Street store last week? Yeah – he did, and you lot attended in full force!
Before he made it over to us, he stopped by Choice FM for a chat on air, before meeting and greeting LOADS of you lot in store.
So, some snaps The Knowledge took on the day then…
AMIR AT CHOICE FM…ON GO THE HEADPHONES
ON AIR: THE INTERVIEW BEGINS
TWO FANS GETTING PSYCHED UP TO MEET AMIR
AMIR SIGNS AWAY (CORR, HIS HAND MUST BE HURTING)
GUY GETS SOME GIANT BOXING GLOVES SIGNED!
AMIR SPEAKS TO ONE LUCKY LADY ON THE TELEPHONE
AND WHAT AMIR WORE (BECAUSE WE KNOW YOU’RE THINKING HE LOOKS DAPPER)…
Stay tuned to The Knowledge for some incredible behind-the-scenes footage coming soon….