On Monday, 18 July the 37th FAI World Freefall Style & Accuracy Landing Championships started with an opening ceremony in Strakonice, the Czech Republic. Twenty-eight teams and 179 competitors from 28 countries have entered the competition, where Hungary is represented by the national parachute team of the Hungarian Defence Forces.
After the warm-up jumps at the weekend and the training jumps on Sunday, the first day of the competition saw the members of the Hungarian team – Captain Tamás Bánszki, Warrant Officer Tamás Varga, Warrant Officer Gábor Hirschler, Sergeant First Class Péter Gőgös and Private First Class Bence Hirschler (the Head of Delegation and Team Leader is Colonel Tibor Babos) – executing four jumps and achieving good results.
Besides the officials of the FAI International Skydiving Commission (ISC), several municipal and regional political leaders and members of Parliament were also in attendance and delivered speeches at the opening ceremony held in Strakonice Castle.
The temperatures of 30-plus degrees Celsius forecasted for the whole week, as well as the highly variable and almost unpredictable wind direction pose a real challenge to the competitors, but the members of the Hungarian team are enthusiastic and doing their utmost to give the best possible performance.