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Skydiver to represent nation at World Parachuting champs

SWOOP: Jubille Pocket resident Andrew Woolf in action at a previous competition in Dubai. Photo Contributed
SWOOP: Jubille Pocket resident Andrew Woolf in action at a previous competition in Dubai. Photo Contributed Contributed

JUBILEE Pocket resident Andrew Woolf will represent the nation at the 2012 World Parachuting Championships in Dubai from November 28.

Woolf, who already has two world championships under his belt, said this year's competition was tipped to be the biggest event in skydiving history.

"From November 28 to December 9, every discipline of skydiving will be held at once, [with] about 1500 skydivers in one place trying to become the world's best," he said.

"From Australia alone, there will be 59 competitors, making this Australia's largest ever delegation at an international skydiving event."

Woolf, who is aiming for a spot in the top 20 as a minimum goal, will be competing in a discipline called Canopy Piloting (CP) or swooping, which involves flying small high performance parachutes very fast and close to the ground.

Woolf has been skydiving for over five years, completing more than 4,600 jumps. He has one national title and one North Queensland title to his name and currently works at Skydive Airlie Beach as a tandem instructor jumping over the Whitsunday islands.

"Skydiving is an amazing feeling and I enjoy every jump. Everyone has to try it to understand it, and to feel that rush," he said.

"This sport is very unique. As well as the pressure of competition, you still feel free as you fly your parachute to where you want at high speeds skimming across the water. It's truly amazing - and to represent Australia doing something I love."

Woolf said he wouldn't be where he is today if wasn't for the help of his friends, family and sponsors, including the Whitsunday Regional Council, who have helped with the cost of attending this latest championship event.

To keep up with Woolf's progress at the world championships visit wpc.apf.asn.au.

Topics:  skydiving


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