Sky diver takes his 10,000th jump
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.