The objective of this journey was to travel to the European Parachute Championships and World Cups held at Teuge, Netherlands.
The disciplines taking part in these competitions were:
- Speedskydiving – a jumper’s fastest average speed over a vertical kilometre measured by electronic devices worn by individual competitors
- 4-way Formation Skydiving – a team of 4 performers building as many of the pre-selected formations correctly in 35 seconds, captured on video by the team camera person
- 8-way Formation Skydiving – a team of 8 performers building as many of the pre-selected formations correctly in 35 seconds, captured on video by the team camera person
- Freestyle – a single performer performing routines captured by a camera person which are judged on difficulty and presentation
- Freefly – two performers performing set and pre-selected routines captured on video by a team camera person
There were teams from all over the world, Australians, Qataris and a wide representation of European countries. A tent city had been created providing shaded (and dry) places for the teams arranged around a central food tent.
The organisers provided helpful signposts around the dropzone so nobody would get lost.
I was there to train and be evaluated as a Speedskydiving judge and am pleased to have passed the evaluation.