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Mass skydiving first for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s first ever mass skydiving event has been enjoyed by scholarly thrill-seekers at a Co Down centre.

QUB student Calum Thompson from Banbridge organised the All-Ireland Inter-Varsity 3-way scrambles competition - the first of its kind here - for an aerial display of solo divers who jumped 3,500 feet back to earth, to the three way formation divers who plummeted an awe-inspiring 13,000 feet.

The 3-way diving, which was judged, involves a trio of sky divers linking up in mid-air to perform numerous formations before breaking away and parachuting back to the ground, with the day’s events all taking place without incident.

Calum’s skydiving event took place at the Wild Geese Skydiving Centre in Garvagh when 19 students came together from QUB and a number of universities in the Republic of Ireland in what is hoped to be the first of many similar events.

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