Terry Cubley, Executive Officer of the Gliding Federation of Australia, has been named a Member the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours 2019. He is also the Australian Team Captain for the Women’s World Gliding Championships to be held at Lake Keepit NSW in January 2020

Terry brings a great deal of experience to the role of Team Captain, ensuring that the Australian Women’s Team will have first class support and the best chance possible of bringing home the World Championships titles in three classes of gliding for Australia.

Terry is currently the Co-Vice President of the International Gliding Commission as well as Vice President of the Air Sports Australia Confederation. He has represented Australia at seven World Gliding Championships and won numerous National Championship titles. Terry has also fulfilled the role of Australian Team Captain at World Championships across the globe.

Terry is honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his tireless efforts to promote the sport of gliding In Australia.

Terry Cubley AM

Terry Cubley AM, Australian Team Captain

Australian Team Selected

The Australian team selected to compete in the Women’s World Gliding Championships includes three pilots in each of three in each classes of competition – Club, Standard and 18m.

The team includes pilots with experience in World Gliding Championships over many years as well as young up-coming stars, all with excellent gliding skills and experience at the highest levels.

It is certain that the Aussie team will be pushing hard for Gold, Sliver and Bronze medals and take full advantage of their home ground advantage

 Alilsa McMillan Day Winner wwgc2017

Ailsa McMillan, 18m Class

Ailsa McMillan, 25 years old, from Victoria took fifth place at the Women’s World Gliding Championships in the Czech Republic 2017.

Terry Cubley, Executive Officer of the GFA, said, Ailsa, Australia's number one female and Junior pilot at this championships, and this was her first Women's World Championships. She performed outstandingly - congratulations to Ailsa.

The pilots she competed against are the best in the world but Ailsa, who was just 23 years old at that time, has shown that she can compete with them on equal footing. She has demonstrated that she will quickly become a force to be reckoned with. Ailsa is very good tactically as well as a skilful pilot, which makes her a champion in waiting.

The team members are:

Club Class: Jenny Ganderton, Jo Davis, Kerrie Claffey

Standard Class: Cathy Conway, Claire Scutter, Lisa Trotter

18m Class: Ailsa McMillan, Jenny Thompson, Lisa Turner

Lisa Trotter

Lisa Trotter, Standard Class

 

Jenny Ganderton

Jenny Ganderton, Club Class

 Kerrie Claffey

Kerrie Claffey, Club Class

Lisa Turner

 

Lisa Turner, 18m Class

 Jenny Thompson

Jenny Thompson, 18m Class

 Jo Davis

Jo Davis, Club Class

WOMEN’S WORLD GLIDING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The WWGC takes place every two years in different countries around the world.

The next WWGC will be held at Lake Keepit in northern New South Wales

3 - 17 January 2020

ABOUT Gliding

The sport of gliding is an exhilarating, spectacular and serene flying experience. Gliders take to the air like birds with wings outstretched, soaring on rising air currents, immersed in three-dimensional space and flying silently with an eagle’s view of the world.

Men and women of all ages can learn to fly gliders. In Australia you can fly solo from the age of 15 and some pilots continue gliding into their eighties. It is never too late to learn to glide and many pilots take up the sport in their 40s, 50s or even 70s.

The modern glider is a sophisticated, highly aerodynamic aircraft without an engine, designed to travel at speeds approaching 300kph and capable of heights in excess of 10,000 metres.

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