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SKYDIVE CAROLINA TEAM WINS GOLD AT USPA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Team Carolina TurbOcho arrived at this years USPA National Championships with one objective: win gold and dedicate it to their teammate who currently lays in a coma at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. On September 8th, Alan
Martinez was traveling from his home in Columbia, SC to Skydive Carolina to join his teammates for a day of training in preparation for the USPA National Championships at the end of October in Eloy, Arizona. Leaving his home at 6:15am, Mr. Martinez never made it to the skydive center as he was hit head-on by a drunk driver traveling southbound in the northbound lane.

On Wednesday, October 31st Team Carolina TurbOcho took the podium and received their gold medals. In skydiving, all teams have an alternate who remains on standby in case someone on the team is unable to compete. The TurbOcho alternate named on the roster for the US Nationals was Alan Martinez who will receive a gold medal as part of this winning team. The team will travel to Alan’s hospital and deliver his gold medal personally.

Carolina TurbOcho is a team comprised of nine individuals (eight skydive performers and one videographer). The team competed against 12 other teams in the Intermediate Division of the 8-Way Formation Skydiving portion of the Championships. Teams in this competition are from all over the United States and as far away as Qatar in the Middle East. Team members on the winning team are: Douglas Barron of Ashburn, VA, Chris Ballard of Virginia Beach, VA, Joey Coffineau of Woodbridge, VA, Joey Freeman of Asheville, NC,
Andrew Happick of Bel-Air, MD, Mike Skillin of Raleigh, NC, Chad and Rhonda Wilcox of Greensboro, NC and Ben Worrall of Marshall VA.

The United States Parachute Association (USPA) National Championships are being hosted this year at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, AZ.

Skydive Carolina is located in Chester, SC and was established in 1986. Skydive Carolina is one of the largest skydiving centers in the southeast and hosts jumpers from all over the world with various events throughout the year.

Please address all inquiries to James La Barrie at james@skydivecarolina.com or contact at (803)412-4030. Photos and videos available upon request.