Setting high standards

Competitors high above York at the Australian National Skydiving Championships.
Competitors high above York at the Australian National Skydiving Championships.

Skydivers from around the country travelled to the Skydive the Beach and Beyond centre in York with the aim of winning a place in the Australian parachute team in the next world championships.

The event had competitors performing advanced freefall manoeuvres at speeds in excess of 200km/h.

Australian Parachute Federation chief executive Brad Turner said the championships were unique, as it was the first time that all of the disciplines of skydiving had been held at the same event and location.

‘This is the first time in 30 years that the championships have been held in WA and all the disciplines were held over six days, making this a huge event that showcased the best of skydiving’ he said.

Skydiving disciplines included Formation Skydiving, Vertical Formation Skydiving, Canopy Formation, Canopy Piloting, Artistic Events, Accuracy Landing and Wingsuiting.

Winners of the respective categories will take part in the world championships in Prerov, Czech Republic, in August.

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