Petersburg skydiver heads to world championships

PETERSBURG — A Petersburg man who has completed more than 10,000 skydives at Skydive Rick’s will compete later this month in the 2019 World Cup of Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing in Cordoba, Argentina.

According to a press release from the United States Parachute Association (USPA), Jimmy Drummond will go up against more than 100 of the best skydivers from around the globe at the World Cup on May 19-25.

Drummond earned his place on the U.S. Parachute Team, the nation’s most elite aerial athletes, at the 2018 U.S. Parachute Association National Championships.

In accuracy competition, jumpers exit an airplane more than 3,000 feet in the air and then steer their parachutes and try to land on a dime-sized dot on a landing tuffet. For style, an individual jumper performs a pre-determined series of loops and spins in freefall as quickly as possible, the release stated.

Drummond, 45, works as a firefighter for the city of Youngstown.

The USPA was founded in 1946 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of safe skydiving nationwide, establishing strict safety standards, training policies and programs at more than 220 USPA-affiliated skydiving schools and centers through the United States.

Each year the USPA’s 40,000 members and hundreds of thousands of first-timers make roughly 3.3 million jumps in the U.S.

USPA partners with affiliated schools, clubs and centers — group member drop zones — that pledge to follow USPA’s basic safety requirements. These skydiving schools offer USPA-developed first-jump training methods, use only current USPA-rated skydiving instructors and provide USPA-required safety equipment.

USPA began in 1946 in Mineola, New York, as the National Parachute Jumpers-Riggers, Incorporated, representing an estimated 100 members. It was renamed the Parachute Club of America in 1957 and renamed itself again to the United States Parachute Association in 1967. In July 2016, USPA celebrates in 70th anniversary.

In May 2006, in conjunction with its 60th anniversary, USPA moved into its new headquarters in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where it continues to reside.

The organization represents skydivers before all levels of government, the public and the aviation industry and sanctions national skydiving competitions and records. For more information on making a first jump or to find a skydiving center near you, visit http://www.uspa.org, www.uspa.org or call 800-371-USPA.