Canada Looking For Third Leapfest Title

(WEST KINGSTON, RI) – Ten members of 3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment will be testing their parachuting abilities at Leapfest 2016 from August 1 to 9. Organized by the Rhode Island National Guard, the competition is in its 34th year and provides technical and skill-demonstrating opportunities to parachutists from around the world.

Historically, Canadian Army paratroopers have had success at this event, which is the largest and longest-standing international static-line parachute competition in the world. Teams from The Royal 22e Régiment were Leapfest champions in 2002 and 2012.

Each team consists of five participants: four parachutists and one alternate. The teams exit from a CH-147 Chinook helicopter at an altitude of 457 meters using an MC-6 static line, and steerable, parabolic parachute.

Participants aim to land as close as possible to a designated area within the landing zone. Upon completing a parachute landing fall, participants are timed by qualified judges until they reach the designated area.

The purpose of Leapfest is to provide a venue and opportunity for parachutists to demonstrate their proficiency in parachute operations in a competitive environment and to foster good relationships with international paratroopers and armies. Last year, 244 paratroopers competed in Leapfest.

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