Skidiving since: actively involved since 1964
Barry started jumping at a young age after watching some local skydivers scatter themselves around an airport during an airshow. He thought this looks like fun and hasn’t abandoned that thought since. Jumps in those early days were on military surplus equipment and sometimes the fun left a bit to be desired. But, with the advent of round sport and ram-air canopies and more comfortable harness/ container systems the fun has carried on to the present day.
Becoming involved with judging in the late 70’s Barry has judged regionally, nationally and internationally ever since. He has been selected to serve on many international panels since 1981, serving as a Principal Judge, Event Judge and Chief Judge in the disciplines of Style & Accuracy, Formation Skydiving, Canopy Formation and Canopy Piloting.
In 1997, Barry was awarded the FAI Paul Tissandier Diploma and in 2010 the FAI/IPC awarded him the Leonardo Da Vinci Parachuting Diploma, for his dedicated service to the sport of parachuting.
Some of his more memorable/laughable jumps were: jumping over Iguassu Falls in Brazil during the WPC in 1987 and being able to see three different countries Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina; jumping out of a Herc onto a postage-size stamp island in the Java Sea; and following the Kiwi’s out on a jump onto the Glacier des Diablerets at the 7th World POPS Meet in Switzerland during 2004.