Skydive Oz hosted the canopy events for NSW & ACT State Championships this weekend. Medallists will go on to represent their state at the National Championships held in March next year for the first time in Moruya.
The Classic Accuracy event was won by Graeme Windsor, from Canberra who has represented Australia in international competitions for over three decades. Competitors in this event exit the plane from 3000 feet and land their parachute on a one centimeter round disc on an inflated tuffet. Precision and expertise are key to plant your foot on a target smaller than a five cent piece, and the challenging wind conditions didn’t make it easy for the competitors.
Sports Accuracy was won by interstate competitor Mike Dyer from Queensland. Mike has also been on the Australian Accuracy team competing internationally since the 1980s.
Competitors in the sports accuracy event exit the aircraft from 5000 feet and maneuver their parachutes to land on a 10cm round disc. An international competitor, Frank Conway came second and Canberra local, Ken Enright third, overtaking the local skydivers showing that the home ground advantage doesn’t always help – especially in tricky weather conditions.
The Canopy Formation event was very close for top place, Sydney team ‘Tangled Up’ were tied first with local Moruya team ‘Fifteen Dollars’ and the decider came down to who scored the most points first. ‘Tangled Up’ just snuck through to take the gold medal and will have to train hard over the next few months to keep ahead of their rivals at the Nationals.
On December 27th Skydive Oz will be hosting the Skyfest 2, a 5x day New Years Eve Skydiving Festival - more info here
Nick Smith of Sydive Oz told The Beagle "We have 32 Wingsuiters coming to jump over Moruya from between the 4th - 14th Jan 2019 followed by an Australian 'Head Up' Vertical Formation record attempt on the Australia Day long weekend."
"AND we're lucky enough to be hosting the 2019 Australian National Skydiving Championships in March on the 11th - 18th. This will be a huge event with competitors from across Australia coming to Moruya to compete for national titles.