A force to be reckoned with: Parachuting siblings from Honiton clinch haul of medals on national stage

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:23 12 October 2018

Parachuting superstars:Wes and Dan Guest. Photo: Andy Guest

Parachuting superstars:Wes and Dan Guest. Photo: Andy Guest

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Two Honiton brothers have claimed a haul of medals between them in the British National Skydiving Championships 2018.

Wes Guest, 29, and Dan, 26, scooped eight medals in the last month alone, meaning they will represent Great Britain in the World Championships next year.

The siblings compete in different disciplines – Wes in ‘canopy formation’ and Dan in ‘vertical formation skydiving’ and ‘artistics’.

Proud father Andy Guest, who held five world parachuting records in his heyday, said: “I am pleased to see their dedication is paying off. The fact the boys have won more national titles than me and are taking centre stage at the world championships is nice to see. I am thinking of coming out of retirement and compete at the Nationals next year.

“My sons have inspired me to start competing again.”

Wes’ discipline sees him compete in a two-way and four-way competition, where he is tasked with linking up two and four parachutes in different patterns, outlined by the judges, in a set time. Andy said: “These are both difficult because you are against the clock, you are going hard and fast.

“You are also running the risk of running too hard and hitting the guy you are docking on to with the corner of your parachute. This could cause it to wrap around the other guy and collapse.

“Wes started jumping when he was 16 – he trained at Dunkeswell. Overall, he has four titles in the discipline, which is no mean feat. I only got one!”

Dan, who holds nine titles, trains in two disciplines. The first, vertical formation skydiving, sees him filming four people performing a pattern set by the judges. Andy said: “It’s a five man team – four people doing the pattern and the other guy – in this case Dan – who has to capture everything in a manner that the judges can score.

“The filming is a critical element, and requires absolute precision.”

Dan, who also started jumping at ages 16, competes in ‘artistics’, where he is tasked to film a jumper at drop speeds of more than 200mph.

Both his camera work and the techniques performed by his partner are judged.

Wes, who has completed 1,900 jumps is currently not competing.

Dan, who has 5,800 jumps under his belt, clinched silver in the World Championships in Australia last week.

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