Sky diver takes his 10,000th jump

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - By Josh Dut­ton

JUMPING out of a plane doesn’t come nat­u­rally for all but for lo­cal man Wayne Bishop it’s some­thing he’s very fa­mil­iar with.

Mr Bishop re­cently un­der­took his 10,000th jump. He de­scended from the skies onto the beach near Montes Reef Re­sort from 14,000ft last week with seven other jumpers. “It was a bit surreal,” he said. “When I first started jumping an in­struc­tor said they’d done 10,000 jumps and it seemed un­real.

“To fi­nally think back to that is pretty amaz­ing and to share it with Jonny [Goss], my first in­struc­tor and my co-work­ers, my sky-div­ing fam­ily was pretty spe­cial.”

Ms Goss took him on his first jump back in 1982 as his in­struc­tor in NSW.

She said sky div­ing had changed his life.

“I was part of his first jump he took in the Hunter Val­ley,” Ms Goss, who has been sky div­ing for 36 years, said.

“The big dif­fer­ence is now he knows what he’s do­ing – he’s an in­struc­tor, lives in North Queens­land and is do­ing a sport he loves.”

Ms Goss said the jump was spec­tac­u­lar. “Montes made us feel very wel­come – they put on plat­ters and ev­ery­one was on the beach cheer­ing us on,” she said.

“I’ve done 12,600 jumps, and I’ve never had an ex­pe­ri­ence where I’ve taken some­one on their first jump and then their 10,000th.”

Mr Bishop said the sport was ad- dic­tive be­cause it made peo­ple live in the mo­ment.

“You’re just 100 per cent in the now,” he said.

“You’re not think­ing of what you were do­ing five min­utes ago or five min­utes from now – you’re just fo­cus­ing on what you’re do­ing.

“That’s why peo­ple feel so alive with it.”

MILE­STONE: Sky-diver Wayne Bishop, cen­tre, cel­e­brated his 10,000th jump at Montes Reef Re­sort last week.

JUMPING FOR JOY: Sky diver Wayne Bishop re­cently took his 10,000th jump last week. It was a spe­cial oc­ca­sion for him as he jumped with what he calls his sky div­ing fam­ily.

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