Record attempt for Jonny abroad
WHITSUNDAY woman Jonell Goss is part of a group attempting a record-breaking skydive jump in the US.
“Basically we’re trying to break the Australian record in formation skydiving,” she said.
Ms Goss said this was about the number of people linked together at one time, the current record being 112, which was set in 2010.
Better known as Jonny, Ms Goss left for the US on Monday.
She is one of 120 people so far registered for this latest record-breaking attempt in California’s Perris Valley.
Ms Goss said the record was just about the number of people in the air, with all jumpers having to “dock” and hold formation for at least three seconds.
“If one person is out, it doesn’t count,” she said, adding it was actually quite a difficult world record to set.
For this to be an Australian record, about 80 per cent of the participants have to be Australian and everyone had to be at the site by May 19 for training to begin.
Ms Goss said this latest jump was actually set up by the team who set the 2010 record.
She said an expression of interest was sent out to all skydivers in Australia about two years ago for the event, and it was thanks to that she put her own name down and got a slot.
Ms Goss and her cohorts will now be put through two five-day training camps with one day off in between.
There will then be four days dedicated to the record attempt.
Ms Goss said safety was one of the most important aspects.
“Jumping in new locations with a lot of people in the air .... that can be dangerous,” she said.
Ms Goss, who has been skydiving for 37 years, came to the Whitsundays 25 years ago to teach people how to skydive through her business Skydive The Whitsundays.
She also became involved with Skydive Airlie Beach and said skydiving was a great way to meet new people and forge strong friendships.
SKY HIGH: Whitsunday woman Jonell Goss is attempting a skydiving world record in the US.