Skydiver at 12

Skydiver at 12

When 12-year-old Kyra Poh decided earlier this year to go from indoor skydiving to actual skydiving from a plane thousands of metres up in the sky, her father was shocked and did not approve of it.

It was four years earlier than Mr Roy Poh, 40, had expected. Their agreement had been to wait until Kyra was 16, the legal age to skydive. But his wife Carolyn, 40, found out Kyra could do it at the minimum age of 12 in Sydney where they were going on a trip, and both mum and daughter were up for it.

But Mr Poh, a creative director, who says he is a worrier by nature, thought she would be too small for the harness and "it wouldn't be able to hold her".

He adds: "It took a few days for them to convince me."

In front of Kyra's father and grandparents, Mrs Poh, who runs her own advertising agency, asked the girl if she would still want to do it considering the possibility of mishaps during the tandem skydive. Kyra said yes and the decision was made.

In June, she successfully completed her first tandem skydive in Sydney, Australia.

The Haig Girls' School Primary 6 pupil is a high flier. She has been into indoor skydiving since she was nine years old when she shot an advertisement for the newly opened iFly Singapore in Sentosa, and is now a youth ambassador for iFly, the world's largest wind tunnel for indoor skydiving, where she trains four times a week for competitions.

In April, she represented Singapore in the Bodyflight World Challenge 2014 held in Bedford, United Kingdom, and came back with a silver medal in the Dynamic 2-Way Open category with instructor and teammate Kristopher Reynolds, 34.

Last December, she broke the Guinness World Record for performing the most number of backward somersaults in a wind tunnel in one minute - her 68 somersaults beat the previous record of 52.

She also has two world records in group categories.

The family, which also includes Kyra's four-year-old sister Vera, lives with Mrs Poh's parents and elder brother.

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