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Parachuting World Champs lands on Gold Coast

February 2, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Skydiving over the stunning Gold Coast is on many people’s bucket list and for the world’s elite parachutists, it’s now a reality.

Delegates from the Australian Parachute Federation (APF) recently travelled to Portugal for the International Parachuting Commission (IPC) Annual General Meeting, where over 50 parachuting nations met to decide the host for the 2018 World Parachuting Championships.

Ten skydiving disciplines are contested every two years at a World Championships with the prestigious event being held in Chicago, the Czech Republic and Dubai in recent years.

APF chief executive Brad Turner said Australia submitted its bid over six months ago, to host the event on the Gold Coast.

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“Our delegates did a fantastic job in Portugal and the vote went in our favour – I am very excited to announce Gold Coast, Australia has been chosen as the venue for the 2018 World Parachuting Championships.”

Queensland Minister for Tourism and Major Events Kate Jones described the 2018 World Parachuting Championships as another win for Gold Coast tourism.

“We know the 2018 World Parachuting Championships will bring close to 1000 international skydivers to the Gold Coast,” Jones said.

“This event will drive more visitors to the Gold Coast, boost the local economy and support tourism jobs.

“Events on the Gold Coast are flying high with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), Supercars, Magic Millions and Gold Coast Marathon all locked in for the 2018.”

The event will be held at the Sports Super Centre – located in the suburb of Runaway Bay – where skydivers will land, pack parachutes and practise routines before leaping from aircraft some 14,000 feet above the Gold Coast.

The 2018 World Parachuting Championships – Gold Coast, Queensland will be contested at the Sports Super Centre from the 7th to 13th October 2018.

Edited by William Sykes

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