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Trapezing from 11,000 feet

The world record for the highest static trapeze act was broken in Canterbury this week – find out how Kiwi Ambulance Officer Anna Cochrane did it! 

The thought of skydiving from a plane at 10,000 feet is scary enough – but that didn’t deter Kiwi ambulance driver and pilates instructor Anna Cochrane from going one step further on her mission to break the world record of the highest static trapeze act. 

Saturday February 14 saw Anna and her team of experts including a rope access technician, as well as a specialist witness from Guinness World Records head up between 10,400ft and 11,400ft in a hot air balloon. Early morning fog saw a slight delay in the proceedings but soon enough Anna was ready to attempt her daredevil feat, which lasted more than five minutes. 

Just a few minutes into the routine Anna dislocated her rib, but she was determined to continue and finish the act. She did to huge relief and excitement, but was unfortunately unable to skydive down afterwards due to her injury – so watched from the hot air balloon as the rest of the support crew jumped. 

Anna managed to raise $1700 for the charity Big Brothers Big Sisters, the largest national mentoring programme for youth in New Zealand which currently has 15 locations throughout the country, reaching more than 900 children each year. 

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