Queen's stunt double Gary Connery up for adventurer award

The Queen's stunt double, Gary Connery
Image caption Gary Connery parachuted from a helicopter dressed as the Queen

A man who parachuted from a helicopter dressed as the Queen at the opening ceremony for the Olympics has been nominated for an adventurer award.

Gary Connery, from Henley-on-Thames, is among 12 nominees for the Epic TV Adventurer of The Year Award.

Austrian Felix Baumgartner, who set a new skydiving world record in October, is also nominated.

Mr Connery also jumped out of a helicopter into a pile of cardboard boxes in May.

The 43-year-old described his part in the opening ceremony in July, where he posed as the Queen alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig, as "an amazing experience".

He said: "It brings a huge smile to my face when I look back on this year.

"What's most humbling is people telling me how much they enjoyed following my exploits and their reaction really makes it for me.

"There's a great collection of names nominated for the award, so to be recognised in the same field as them is a real honour."

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