Shortly after her second flight, Sydney joined an after-school flight program for kids. Soon she started participating in bodyflight competitions. In her main event, called freestyle, athletes complete a few required moves, including barrel rolls, twists, and splits, plus an artistic routine of their own choreography. Judges assess the difficulty of the routine and how well the athlete executes it. The judging is similar to gymnastics, a sport Sydney’s mom, Michelle, competed in. Sydney is grateful she can rely on both her parents’ expertise to help develop her routines.
Sydney quickly soared to the top of her field. In her first world championship, at age 12, she earned a bronze medal in junior freestyle. More recently, she set a Guinness Record for the most spins while doing a split in a wind tunnel in one minute (68 of them!). She took the top junior freestyle prize at the 2020 global Wind Games and was ranked as the U.S. Indoor Skydiving junior freestyle national champion three years in a row.