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Skydive titles fly at York
John Martin competes in Canopy Piloting Accuracy at the 2014 Australian Skydiving Nationals in York. Picture: Supplied

Bodies cascading through the air from 14,000ft have been a feature of the York skyline in recent days.

The 2014 National Skydiving Championships have attracted some of the world's best skydivers to the Wheatbelt town.

The event, which features formation diving, accuracy landing and wing-suiting, is being held in WA for the first time in 30 years.

Skydive the Beach and Beyond marketing manager Courtney Butler said the 150 competitors were vying for spots in the Australian skydiving team.

"Most of the competitors are Australian, but we have some Kiwis and an Italian," she said. "They all want to represent Australia at the world championships in the Czech Republic in August."

One of the most spectacular events is the canopy piloting, in which skydivers swoop over a pool of water before they land.

"York has the largest swoop pool in the southern hemisphere - one of the best things for the spectators is the swooping," Ms Butler said.

The event has attracted spectators through the week, with some keen to try the daring sport.

"For a lot of people a skydiving competition is like a whole new world - people don't realise how much is involved," Ms Butler said.

The championships finish today.

The West Australian

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