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Dramatic wing-suit flight over Auckland marks 50-day countdown to Games

  • July 2, 2015

The 50-day countdown to Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, one of the world’s top five winter sports events, was marked in spectacular fashion today with what is believed to be the first wing-suit flight across Auckland’s iconic skyline.

Watch the official video here.

Professional display skydiver and Red Bull-sponsored adventurer Chuck Berry from Queenstown performed the wing-suit flight together with Jim Scott, an international skydive coach from Auckland. Jumping from 7,000 feet, they soared together for approximately 60 seconds above the central city before opening parachutes around 3,000 feet and gliding safely into the landing circle ringed by twelve Audi quattros at Victoria Park.

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(L-R Corey Peters, Chuck Berry & Anna Willcox in Victoria Park, Auckland – credit Getty Images)

There to greet them were Corey Peters and Anna Willcox, two of Snow Sports New Zealand’s elite winter athletes. Corey Peters (New Plymouth) won a silver medal at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia and is a double 2015 IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Alpine Skiing world champion. Anna Willcox (North Shore, Auckland) is a member of the national freeski team and competed at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Chuck Berry said the wing-suit flight was a unique way to get people excited about the ten-day Audi quattro Winter Games NZ taking place in Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby next month.

“The jump went exactly as planned. It was such an amazing rush to fly over Auckland and see the city from a completely different perspective,” he said.

“Life’s all about pushing yourself with new challenges and I have total respect for athletes like Corey and Anna who perform at the highest level in their sport. With only 50 days to go, I’m really looking forward to having the Games on my home turf and welcoming the world’s best to the Southern Alps. It’s over to the athletes now to show us what they can do!”

Dean Sheed, General Manager of Audi New Zealand said: “Audi is proud to be the driving partner behind the ultimate alpine winter sports event in the Southern Hemisphere, the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ. We are looking forward to hosting some of the best snow sports athletes from around the world here in New Zealand in just 50 days’ time.”

Watch the official video here.

Chuck Berry will perform another wing-suit flight at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ closing ceremony at Cardrona Alpine Resort near Wanaka on Sunday 30 August. The ceremony will be followed by a free concert in downtown Wanaka performed by Kora, one of New Zealand’s most powerful live bands.

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ are New Zealand’s biggest recurring sports event. The fourth biennial Games take place from 21 to 30 August in Queenstown, Lake Wanaka and Naseby. All sports and festival events are free to watch for spectators (ski pass required to access lifts) and will be broadcast free-to-air on TV3 with live streaming on the Games website. More information is available at www.wintergamesnz.kiwi and its social media channels.

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Chuck Berry coming into land after his wing-suit flight above central Auckland (credit – Getty Images)