A FORMER Italian Skydiving Champion now living on the Sunshine Coast is crossing his fingers that he might get lucky and win the world title for his adopted country Australia.

The countdown to the world event this month comes as local business Sunshine Coast Skydivers also prepare to commemorate 20 years of delivering locally what is described as "a great experience" to thousands of thrill seekers.

Fabrizio Gianelli, who now lives in Moffat Beach, has completed more than 11,000 career jumps, and hopes to back up his victory in the Australian Skydiving accuracy titles in April with a strong showing at the world titles in Bosnia next month.

SPOT ON: Fabrizio Gianelli comes in for a pinpoint landing
SPOT ON: Fabrizio Gianelli comes in for a pinpoint landing Patrick Woods

However, he admits it'll be a tough ask after quitting the professional sport for several years before picking it up again on his move to Australia last year.

"I'm back in the sport; I don't think I'm going to win, but I'll do my best to do that," Mr Gianelli said.

Mr Gianelli finished fourth in the world titles in 2006, is a six-time Italian Champion, a European Cup winner and has a third placing in the European Championships.

He makes between 500 to 700 jumps annually, as well as spending considerable time on technique and mental focus.

The skydiving veteran will help Sunshine Coast Skydivers celebrate its two decades of operation on Tuesday.


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