Highest Static Trapeze Act World Record Broken
On the morning of Sunday 14th February in the sunny skies of Ashburton, New Zealand, Anna Cochrane smashed the world record for the highest static trapeze act and all with a dislocated rib. We here at Firetoys are honoured and dead chuffed that Anna chose to break the record on her Firetoys trapeze.
The previous record was set at a height of 661.72 metres (2,171 feet). Anna and team manged to blow the previous record out of the water setting the new record at 3,159.25 m (10,365 ft).
The early morning fog on the day of the record attempt delayed the launch of the balloon which would take Anna high into the Kiwi skies. Anna's team of safety, filming and support crew were there to help her overcome challenges like the weather and they were soon leaving the ground behind them.
After descending the rope from the hot air balloon to the trapeze Anna started her five minute routine. It wasn't long before Anna managed to hurt her rib. This wasn't going to deter the gutsy Wellington Ambulance officer and pilates instructor from completing the challenge. The whole routine took place between heights of 3,159.25 m (10,365 ft) and 3,405.23 m (11,172 ft).
The injury Anna sustained did prevent her from skydiving from the balloon after the routine was finished. She came down with the balloon instead and sought medical attention once back on the ground.
Anna's stunt raised over $1700 for the charity Big Brothers, Big Sisters which provide child mentoring programmes. Anna said "I am really proud of how all the team of experts came together, it’s still unbelievable that it actually happened! A little part of me thought that this was all too big and it couldn’t happen but the whole thing went so smoothly. I am so lucky to have had the perfect people involved to help me achieve it!"
The record was made with help from Anna's sponsors: Ballooning Canterbury, MaD Strength and Conditioning, Skydiving Kiwis, COBi Digital and Cirrus International Marketing.
Check out the video of Anna's trapeze act: