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It all started with a passion

The story of the 92 ft Football

The founder and current CEO of Picture This Ballooning, Damian Crock, is passionate about football. A Collingwood fanatic, and the great-nephew of the Collingwood Football Club's 1910 VFL Premiership team's center half back Jack Shorten, you could say ‘footy’ runs in his veins.

Another love of Damian’s is hot air balloons, so when he founded Picture This Ballooning, his first thought was to design and construct a 10 story tall replica of the iconic Sherrin Football, luckily, this coincided with the opening of Melbourne's Docklands Stadium in 1997.

The Flying Footy has had many adventures since, and is still flying strong - in fact, one of its most renowned passengers was Australian Rules Football legend, Kevin Sheedy.

Since that beginning, Picture This Ballooning has flown thousands of satisfied passengers (see our TripAdvisor page) and operates a fleet of special shape hot air balloons throughout Australia. More information about our special shape hot air balloons is available here.