Sky­divers con­verge on Mata­mata

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By JAMES IRE­LAND

Easter week­end will see the skies of Mata­mata come alive with the Na­tional Sky­dive Cham­pi­onships.

Be­tween Fri­day April 22 and Sun­day April 24 Mata­mata Aero­drome, on State High­way 27 just north of Wa­haroa, will be host to be­tween 40 and 60 sky­divers all vy­ing for gold, in­clud­ing New Zealand’s old­est sky­diver 69-year-old Hank Spjker­bosc.

New Zealand Para­chute Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent John He­witt said Mata­mata was the best lo­ca­tion in the North Is­land to hold the competition and this year it would be much more spec­ta­tor friendly.

‘‘It [Mata­mata] is cen­tral, has great camp­ing fa­cil­i­ties and the air traf­fic is light mak­ing it a safe DZ (drop zone). Sky­dive Waikato will still be tak­ing tan­dem sky­dives over the week­end so feel free to pop out and en­joy the sky over Mata­mata with a sky­dive ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

The competition is free for spec­ta­tors and will con­sist of 11 dif­fer­ent events such as the teams RW (Rel­a­tive Work) in which teams of two or four jumpers cre­ate as many freefall for­ma­tions as they can be­fore safely open­ing their para­chutes.

This year more spec­ta­tor friendly events are go­ing to be held; ac­cu­racy com­pe­ti­tions will see who can nail that bull’s eye land­ing and CRW (Canopy Rel­a­tive Work) will be a sight to be­hold – a num­ber a jumpers will stack their para­chutes on top of each other cre­at­ing and chang­ing for­ma­tion all the way to the ground.

This is a great op­por­tu­nity to see this ex­cit­ing sport in ac­tion and even have a go. For tan­dem book­ings con­tact Sky­dive Waikato on 0508 SKY­DIVE or visit freefall.co.nz.

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