The World Gliding Championships will be held in Lithuania 30 July - 13 August 2016. The Australian Gliding team, will consist of six flying members.
Current Junior World Gliding Champion, Matthew Scutter, will fly in the Two Seater Class with Dylan Lampard as co-pilot. Matthew won the Junior World Gliding Championships held in Narromine in December 2015. He then went on to win the Australian National Championships in January and is now bound for Lithuania. Matthew has also been selected to the Australian Team for the Multiclass World Gliding Championships** to be held in Benalla Victoria in January 2017.
Club Class will be flown by Tobias Geiger and Allan Barnes. Both pilots have represented Australia in several previous world gliding championships. Tobi has been a contender four times – in 1998 in the Czech Republic, 2002 in Germany, 2010 in Slovakia and 2013 in Argentina. Allan has competed five times - in Norway in 2004, Italy in 2008, Slovakia in 2010, Argentina in 2013 and Finland in 2014.
Standard Class will be flown by John Buchanan and Adam Woolley. John is the most experienced member of the team, flying his first world championship in France in 1978. Since then he has flown for Australia in the USA in 1983 where he gained a podium place, coming third and winning the Bronze Medal. He competed again at world level in Germany in 1999 and 2008.
This is Adam Woolley’s second senior world championships, having flown in Finland in 2014. He also flew in the Junior World Championships in the UK in 2005.
Photo:Dylan Lampard, Will be heading to Lithuania to fly in the Two Seater Class with Matthew Scutter.