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Tim Mace

Old 15th Sep 2014, 12:21
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Tim Mace

It is with sadness that I repost this message from the Parachute Association of South Africa:

Dear PASA members

It is with great sadness that we notify you of the passing this morning of our beloved and revered friend, Tim Mace, after losing his battle with cancer. He was surrounded by loved ones. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Tim was one of the greatest proponents of our sport and as a brief overview, we quote below the nomination that won him the FAI Gold Parachuting Medal in 2012.

Tim Mace started skydiving in 1977, and has 8100 jumps. In that time he has competed as a performer in every IPC discipline at World Championship level. He is probably the first person to do this in modern times when so many disciplines are active. He has competed in more than 150 competitions, including 23 First Category Events in which he has obtained 6 medals and placed in the top-ten 16 times. He competed in FAI World Championships in Formation Skydiving in Yugoslavia 1985 and Spain 1989, Freefly and Freestyle in France 2003, Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing in Croatia 2004, Skysurfing in Germany 2006, Paraski in Montenegro 2005, Italy 2007, Austria 2009 and 2011, and Canopy Piloting in Russia 2010. Tim is joint holder of the current 400 person FAI Formation Skydiving Large Formation World Record, and has been on two previous FAI Large Formation records (282 Thailand 1999, 357 Thailand 2004). Tim was also on the team that set the 16-way Formation Skydiving Sequential 12 point World Record in France in 1998.

He has been an AFF instructor since 1984, and a wingsuit instructor since 1999. He received the Royal Aero Club Prince of Wales Cup in 1990 for performance in 8-way at the 1989 FS World Championship. By profession he is an experimental test pilot. He is also a former astronaut, and received the Royal Aero Club silver medal in 1991 for his work as an astronaut on the UK-Soviet space programme, which included high altitude parachuting.

A moment later Jonathan’s body wavered in the air, shimmering, and began to go transparent. “Don’t let them spread silly rumors about me, or make me a god. O.K., Fletch? I’m a seagull. I like to fly, maybe…”
~ Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingstone Seagull
Tim was an instructor and mentor to me in skydiving, and also gave me a lot of enouragement in my efforts to qualify as an FTE.

Blue skies
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A great loss. A nice chap and a high achiever, I remember many enjoyable chats with him in the Glove and Gauntlet in the 90s.

My deepest sympathies to all Tim's friends and family.

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