Friday, 24 September 2021

Stuntman turns his wings to base jump

A STUNTMAN from Henley is taking part in the BASE Jump Extreme World Championship today (Friday) and tomorrow.

A STUNTMAN from Henley is taking part in the BASE Jump Extreme World Championship today (Friday) and tomorrow.

Gary Connery, of Station Road, will have to jump 690ft from the Gran Hotel Bali in Benidorm.

He will be judged on his exit position, the length of time before he opens his parachute, which must be at least two seconds, how cleanly it opens, the control of the parachute and the accuracy of his landing.

Mr Connery, 43, a stunt co-ordinator in the film industry, said: “I’ve never competed in a straightforward base jumping competition — I’ve only ever taken part in wingsuit competitions.

“It would be nice to win something and I’m going to give it my best shot.”

Mr Connery, whose wife Vivienne runs the Chocolate Theatre Cafe in Thames Side, Henley, made news across the world when he became the first person to complete a 2,400ft wingsuit jump without using a parachute.

He followed this up by parachuting from a helicopter dressed as the Queen in front of an estimated one billion TV viewers at the opening ceremony for the London Olympics.

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