The WPC was well planned and organised, so although we did encounter some bad weather, all the competitions were completed. A plethora of Nationals, some Continental and a World record were broken with very close races in 4-way Formation Skydiving and 4-way Canopy Formation Rotations. The latter (which I was judging) needed to go to a jump-off, where the two top teams did one more deciding jump. The Russians held their nerve a bit better and managed to beat the Qataris by a point.
This also meant that on the day of the closing ceremony, we had time to go and visit the local wildlife park at Currumbin. I had been in Australia over a week and hadn’t see any of their famous animals. It was rather peculiar to see some of these birds in cages when there were others of the same specimen flying around the park quite unfettered.
The most exciting was the crocodile feeding. At 1pm each day, come rain or shine, the reptile keeper at Currumbin feeds Big Bosshog a couple of chicken carcasses. His team gave us an interesting introduction to crocodiles and their lifestyles (and eating habits; summary: stay away from water in the Northern Territories) before the show:
And of course there were also marsupials, the animals which only evolved in Australia and some emus.
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