Thursday, 6 December 2012 by APF

"Rotor Out" skydive into the record books

"Rotor Out" FS 4-Way Open Team (L-R) Palle Nygren (video), Craig Vaughan, George Attard, Steph Vaughan and Gary Nemirovsky. "Rotor Out" FS 4-Way Open Team (L-R) Palle Nygren (video), Craig Vaughan, George Attard, Steph Vaughan and Gary Nemirovsky. Stephanie Campbell

Australia’s FS 4-Way Open team have ended their WPC campaign on a high with the achievement of a new Australian record and a top ten overall placing.

In a tough contest between 38 world teams, Steph Vaughan, Craig Vaughan, Gary Nemirovsky, George Attard and Palle Nygren performed strongly throughout the event to secure 9th place overall, along with a new Australian record of 28 points in time on their final jump. The result has them situated in the top 25% of FS teams in the world.

Team member Gary Nemirovsky said the team were very happy with the results they had achieved at the WPC:

“Coming here we set out to achieve three goals. First, we wanted to achieve the best Australian result in history for our event; second, to achieve the highest score in a round; and third, to break a 19 point average. We’ve achieved all three goals so we’re really very happy. ”

Rotor Out’s previous average of 17 points in time increased to 19.3 points on the basis of their performance at the WPC. Their 28 point jump in the final round of the competition overtakes the previous Australian record of 27 points set at the 2009 Australian National Championships by an earlier incarnation of “Rotor Out”, which included current team members Steph Vaughan and Gary Nemirovsky, as well as Jens Gonnerman, Darren Pearson and Darren Griggs (v).

Mr Nemirovsky said the team had spent 12 months together in their current configuration and undertaken a training schedule that included 150 team jumps, 12 hours of tunnel time, and five overseas training camps under renowned skydiving coaches Shannon Pilcher and Joey Jones.

“Because we don’t have external funding or access to wind tunnels we can’t compete with the top countries like Belgium, France and the USA. They are doing around 600-800 jumps together and hundreds of hours of tunnel time so winning this event isn’t really a possibility for us.

“Instead we pick teams who operate under similar conditions to ourselves and monitor our progress against those countries. This year Sweden was our benchmark team and we managed to beat them by two points.

“We also managed to keep pace with the Germans and Russians for most of the competition. The German team came in third place at the 2010 WPC and we were only three points behind them this year in the end so it was a good result for us.”

When asked about the team’s record jump, Mr Nemirovsky said the result was pleasing but not the limit for “Rotor Out”:

“Our last jump felt very smooth but not particularly fast. None of us thought it was necessarily a record jump so it was a pleasant surprise when we watched the live judging video footage and realised we had achieved 28 points in time. It’s great to have achieved an Australian record but we really would have liked to achieve 30 points in time. Based on our current form, we think we could have achieved that if the sequence in the dive pools this year had been a bit faster.”

As a reward for finishing in the top ten the team will be awarded a “Diploma of Skydiving” from the event organisers during the WPC medal presentation ceremony later today.

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