Mayor jumps out of plane to launch the World Parachuting Championship

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says he’s cut ribbons and turned the soil to open events, but today he’s changing things up by jumping out of a plane to open the World Parachuting Championship.

There will be more than 450 athletes competing at this year’s event, and it’s nearly 20 years since Australia hosted a global competition.

The seven-day long event starts on October 6 but the Mayor is getting a jump on the competition today.


Cr Tate said he’s looking forward to his free fall.

“I’m just looking at this with the Gold Coast ‘have a go’ spirit,” he said.

“It’s not about the jumping out of a plane that’s hard, it’s the landing.”

When asked if he was nervous Cr Tate said, “No… I’m a man! I’m excited.”

Australian Parachute Federation CEO, Brad Turner, said it’s the first time the event is on the Coast and it’s a perfect location for the competition.

“We want Gold Coasters to attend the World Championships where the very best skydivers from around the world will converge in their own backyard for an aerial spectacle set to fill the Gold Coast sky with colour and adrenaline-charged excitement,” he said.