Australia’s best skydivers are descending on Nagambie this week, pitting their skills against each other in a bid to win a spot on the national team ahead of the World Championships later this year.
The Skydiving Nationals, held in Nagambie until Saturday, will see competitors go at it in different disciplines.
In some events, the aim of the game is to score points under a time limit, while in others they’ll be scored for difficult manoeuvres in artistic routines or for their landing accuracy.
The host drop-zone, Skydive Nagambie, will welcome competitors from around Australia to its new, purpose-built, skydiving training centre.
Spectators are invited to the drop-zone to watch the action on a giant screen and cheer on the competitors as they land.
Australian Parachute Federation’s national development manager Rob Libeau said the current champion skydiving team, Rotor Out, are favourites to win this week and go on to represent the country at the World Championships, to be held on the Gold Coast in October.
Given skydiving is not part of the Olympics, the World Championships, Mr Libeau said, are the apex of the sport.
‘‘The skydivers spend all their money to get to the World Championships and it’s the very best competitors in the world,’’ he said.
‘‘Australia is very good — we continue to improve over the years.
‘‘We have a lot of Australians who will be in the top 10 and there’s a couple in the top five in the world.
‘‘The Australian Parachute Federation is investing more money into the teams, so that we can help them get onto the podium through a performance-based funding program.’’