Five Minute Call | Oct 01, 2020
Former IPC President Claude Gillard Dies at 92

USPA Staff

Claude Gillard, an inductee to the International Skydiving Hall of Fame in 2012, passed away in his native Australia on August 3 at age 92. Gillard began jumping in 1959 and was an Australian parachuting champion by 1962. He performed the first 2-way skydive in Australia and made several baton passes. In September 1961, Gillard leaped from 23,600 feet—a two-minute, eight-second free fall—an Australian record that helped publicize the sport in his nation. He was a judge, coach, rigger, instructor and competitor and served as president of the Australian Parachute Federation from 1966-2001. He became president of the International Parachuting Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in 1994, a position he held until 2001. In 2003, the FAI awarded him the title Companion of Honor.

Gillard’s funeral took place on August 10. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was live-streamed, and the recording is still available here: tinyurl.com/cgillard.

 

 

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