Tunnel vision for skydivers

This article has photo gallery Published on Department of Defence (author), POET SM Matthew Holmes (photographer)

Location(s): Penrith, New South Wales

Topic(s): Sport

Members of Terminal Velociraptor compete in the National Indoor Skydiving Championships in Penrith, NSW (photo: POET SM Matthew Holmes)
Members of Terminal Velociraptor compete in the National Indoor Skydiving Championships in Penrith, NSW

Defence teams placed second and third in Inter AA category of the National Indoor Skydiving Championships held in Penrith in late August.
 
'Taipan Defence' and 'Terminal Velociraptor' finished second and third respectively following an exciting battle in the upper-intermediate, four-person event.
 
The Australian Defence Force Parachuting Association had nine teams in the championships, comprising more than 30 members, who battled it out among some fierce competition.
 
Petty Officer Electronics Technician (Submarine) Matthew Holmes, from Terminal Velociraptor, said the team moved to a more advanced category this year, which while challenging, allowed them to take their training to the next level. 
 
“We entered the Inter AA category as we felt the additional challenge would really help our team prepare for the Military Skydiving Championships at the end of the year,” he said.
 
Lieutenant Ian Brooks from 'Relarrific Defence' said it was great to see so many association members participate at the indoor skydiving championships. 
 
“Last year we had three teams enter, so to have nine teams enter this year is an outstanding effort,” he said.
 
The teams entered in a variety of disciplines including two inter-four-way formation skydiving categories, and a two-way vertical skydiving category. 
 
Indoor skydiving facilities are now recognised around the world as an essential training tool for teams to improve flying skills and performance quickly in a relatively safe environment. 
 
Use of a wind tunnel facility also means divers can complete a traditional week-long schedule of events in one day.