Ever wanted the adrenaline rush of jumping out of a plane but needed some inspiration? There's no better time to share in the passion, energy and excitement of skydiving as more than 100 female skydivers execute over 5,000 jumps at the nine-day 2011 Skysisters Convention.
The event being held in Toogoolawah, Queensland from April 22-30, includes the Skysisters challenging a total of six all-female National and World records including the impressive 8-way wingsuit World record with a 10-way of jumpers in multicoloured webbed 'wingsuit' outfits joining in perfect formation.
Other record attempts include the visually impressive 8-way National Canopy Formation Stack where jumpers stack up on one another's canopy or chutes in mid-air to replace the current 5-way record, as well as an Over-40's formation of 20 jumpers to replace the current 16-way National record. On the lighter side, there will be a unique jump called the 3-gen jump which involves three generations of a family jumping in tandem (Emma, her mother and grandmother) which should be one to watch out for on the program.
Skysisters Organiser, Susie McLachlan says the convention isn't just about smashing records but also about providing an opportunity for all female skydivers, no matter how experienced they are to come together to challenge and support each other and to have fun doing it.
"We are so excited about this boogie, we can't wait to showcase the amazing and highly talented coaches and mentors who are flying in from all over the globe to support our girls, and on this occasion they'll also get to share the exhilaration of the challenge with us," says Susie, who has over 5,000 jumps under her belt.
In addition to the seasoned skydivers getting their fix, student Skysisters will spend the first week learning from the best mentors and coaches from around the world as they complete their skydiving course. Once attained, the new Skysisters may even have the opportunity to participate in the planned record jumps.
Other sky-high fun and antics on the program include picture jumps, body-painted jumps, lingerie and aerial fashion jumps as well as inflatable raft rides mid-air. Back on solid ground the schedule includes TV broadcasts, fashion shows, video festivals, nightly entertainment, filming of a documentary and much more.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moment's that take our breath away so we're putting out the call for all those mums, daughters, sisters and grandmas who have ever wanted to push the boundaries to come to Toogoolawah during Skysisters and experience a tandem jump for themselves," said Susie.
Skysisters' major aim is to support the Australian Parachute Federation Team Trust Fund, a not-for-profit fund which provides financial support to assist Australian jumpers taking on the world in international competitions.
Record-breaking Skysisters to soar from great heights
Entry to the event is free. Find us at the Ramblers Drop Zone, Brisbane Valley Highway, Toogoolawah.
For more on Skysisters, please visit the website at www.skysisters.com.au
Skysisters Skydiving Convention
Toogoolawah, Sunshine Coast
22 to 30 April 2011
Free to the general public
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