Record at­tempt for Jonny abroad

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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