Female skydivers from across Australia and around the world converged on the Ramblers Drop Zone in Toogoolawah, Queensland for the Skysisters all-female skydiving event. National and world records were challenged and more than 5000 jumps were made at the event which took place from April 22 – 30.
“Skysisters is all about a group of girls of all ages getting together to inspire and motivate each other while having a lot of fun and breaking some records along the way,” Skysisters organiser Susie McLachlan said.
The women started each day with a yoga session to loosen up before competing in glamour fashion jumps, flag and streamer jumps and daily Lady Bird lingerie jumps.
One of the highlights of the festival was a unique three-generational jump (pictured) with 28-year-old Emma Wald, 47-year-old Leonie Wald and 64-year-old Marion Wald. The three generations of Wald women — mother, daughter, granddaughter — are all experienced skydivers.
“It’s amazing to see both of their faces up there with me,” Emma Wald said. “Every jump comes with an adrenaline rush but when you’re up there with two members of the family, that’s pretty special.”
“Emma and I were quite nervous in the plane about being able to dock onto Mum who was doing a tandem but it all came together in the end. I just encourage anyone who’s thinking about it to do a tandem and have a go — it’s addictive. And bring your nanna,” Leonie Wald continued.
“It’s absolutely brilliant to be able to do this with your daughter and your granddaughter, it makes me feel very proud,” Marion Wald said.
“Now I’m waiting for my three-year-old great-grandson to turn 14 so we can do a four-generation jump!”
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