In the (drop) zone
IS IT a bird?
Is it a plane?
No – it’s the new Australian speed skydiving record holder. Shane Turner, a paramedic from Tweed Heads, smashed the Australian record three times on his way to an incredible second placing at the World Parachuting Championships in the speed skydiving category at Runaway Bay. How fast was he going, did you ask?
TWEED Heads skydiver Shane Turner has broken the Australian speed skydiving record with three consecutive blistering jumps at the World Parachuting Championships in Runaway Bay.
Turner, the 35-year-old paramedic who is only a relative newcomer to parachuting, took out second place at the world championships with a competition total of (2474.99), falling just short of Germany’s Friess Thomas Moritz (2495.40).
The former Banora Point Primary and Kingscliff High School student broke the Australian speed skydiving record when he posted a speed of 510 km/h on Tuesday morning. His next two jumps that day were even faster, with readings of 514 km/h and 524 km/h increasing his record speed and sky-rocketing him to number one on the leader-board.
Although Turner lead for most of the competition, Moritz finished with two strong jumps to just nudge the Aussie.
The otherworldly speeds Turner notched are all the more remarkable when you consider his first and only speed skydiving competition prior the event was at the Australian Nationals in March, with a sixth-place finish earning him qualification to the world championships
The competition has seen Turner bounce from third, to 36th, to second to first place.
“It’s a bit of roller-coaster ride that’s for sure,” said Turner, speaking mid-competition.
“The experience as a whole, just being here and absorbing the talent and the raw energy that’s surrounding this place, is something I’ll remember forever.
“It’s certainty something I’ll continue to strive for.
“It’s kind of unbelievable, and it’s still a bit hard to understand.”
Turner’s final two jumps of competition are expected to be completed this afternoon, weather pending.
Shane Turner currently sits in first place in the speed skydiving discipline at the World Parachuting Championships in Runaway Bay.