Sports Committee are looking for two enthusiastic person to act as Team Captain to the Australian Team traveling to Lithuania to compete in the World Gliding Championships in August and the Australian Team for the Benalla World Gliding Championships.
The role will requires a self starter with excellent organisational skills working in an un supervised and sometimes high pressure environment. The applicant should have good communication skill and be able to work well within a team environment.
Applicants greatly received from those who have been a Team Captain or pilots who have flown World Championships.
Nominal funding will be available.
More details of what the role entails is in the Team Captain’s Handbook;
34th FAI World Gliding Championships, Benalla
The Australian Multiclass Nationals and Pre World Championships
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After a sunny and cheerful medal and tropphy presentation the 9th JWGC was officially closed by Max Stevens. The FAI flag handed over to Karolios Mikalauskas the captain of the Lithuanian team where the 10th JWGC will be held.
Standard Class winners
First place Gold Medal Winner Matthew Scutter, Australia
Second place Silver Medal Winner Robin Smit, Netherlands
Third place Bronze Medal Winner Sebastian Nagel, Germany
The new Junior World Gliding Champions are Matthew Scutter - Standard Class and Tom Asrcott - Club Class
Australian Matthew Scutter finished in 22nd place on the day but maintained his commanding lead of the field to win the Standard Class Championship by 255 points.
Robin Smit of the Netherlands beat Matthew, coming in 18th for the day, and also maintained his overall second place position to take the JWGC Silver medal.
Sebastian Nagel perhaps had the most to gain today and finished in seventh place. However, his overall position remained unchanged and he won the JWGC Bronze medal for Germany.
Australians Alisa McMillan finished the competition in a distinguished style in 13th position, closely followed by team mate Dylan Lampard in 14th place.
The day winners in Standard Class were Lithuanians Joris Vainius followed by Marius Pluscauskas with Ronald Deerenberg taking third place on the day to finish the competition strongly.
Overall, the three Polish competitors Mateusz Siodloczek, Jakub Pulawski, Jacek Flis took places four, five and six, followed by Czechs Radek Krejcirik and Pavel Trybenekr.
Matthew Scutter landing final day
Tom Arcsott from Britain needed to perform strongly today and he did, coming in second to take the championship position back from German Phillip Schulz.
Schulz failed to capitalise on his lead, coming in 16th on the day. But it was good enough to keep him in Sliver Medal position overall.
Sam Roddie was a big gainer today, coming in third and regaining the Bronze medal for Britain.
German Simon Schmidt-Meinzer finished 20th and in fourth place overall.
Special mention must be made of 17 year old Australian James Nugent who finished the day fourth and took fifth place overall, just three points behind Simon.
Eric Stauss came in eighth for the day and finished 12th overall, and fellow Australian Joseph O'Donnell finished 13th and in 21st position overall.
Tom Arscott Gold Meldal in Club Class for Great Britain
The day began with remarkably good humour among the 40 or so contestants who landed out yesterday. Annemiek Koers from the Netherlands was all smiles despite the difficulties her crew had in locating her in the vast wheat paddocks to the north, only arriving back at Narromine near dawn.
The morning briefing was lively, filled with laughter and the usual claps and cheers for the previous day winners and Honourable Mention recipiants.
The friendly but highly competitive atmosphere of this contest has been a joy to watch and an honour for everyone involved to be a part of.
Not surprisingly, the Australian team, the mostly Australian organising committee and the media team were all excited and overjoyed when Matthew Scutter crossed the threshold of runway 22 - a bit later than expected.
Soon, the English contingent was cheering and hooting horns in a justified display of pride for Tom Arscott's and Sam Roddie's achievement.
After the contestants, all champions in our eyes, dutifully cleaned and put away their gliders - many de-rigging them - the entire clan of pilots, teams, organisers and visitors descended on the briefing hangar for a well-deserved, slap up party put on by Narromine Gliding club [thanks to Beryl Hartley and all the crew ED].
To borrow the accolade, Narromine was the best JWGC ever.
Full Results at JWGC2015 Results
Photos: Top Sean Young
Below: Al Sim
Sebastian Nagel from Germany preparing for launch 11 December. 'This is a tough competition. The conditions are tough, we are not used to so many competiton days in Europe.'
Sebastian is proving himself to be a tough competitor and is in third place Standard Class after 10 racing days.
Robin Smit and Ronald Deerenberg from the Netherlands are the Standard Class joint winners of Day 9 with a lightning speed of 158 kph over the point to point task distance of 631.46 km. The two team members displayed incredible focus and discipline to muscle leader Matthew Scutter into third place on a classic Narromine day.
The weather forecast at the beginning of the day showed highly unstable post trough conditions. Briefing was delayed by 45 minutes and it was uncertain if any tasks would be set at all. The tension was relieved when task sheets became available during the delayed briefing.
Dylan Lampard from Australia, flying in his first JWGC, won the day in Standard Class flying an LS8 with a speed of 104.56 km over 541.31 km.
The day’s weather brought pre-frontal trough conditions with typical mixed air masses ahead of the trough. These conditions resulted in increasing high cloud associated with the trough, complex cumulus and convergences, and a challenging flying day from Narromine.
As the high cloud moved into the area from the west, the tasks for both classes were changed on the grid. Standard Class was set a 4:30 AAT, with a maximum distance of 770 km. Club Class was set a point to point task of 360.51 km.
Mateusz Siodloczek from Poland just beat Joris Vainius from Lithuania to take first place for the day in Standard Class on a record breaking day at JWGC2015. Climbs to over 13,000 ft above ground level were achieved under scattered cumulus.
Flying the 611.59 km racing task at the record speed for a JWGC of 153.92 kph in a Discus 2a, Mateusz was closely followed by Joris whos speed was 153.44 kph. The first six Standard Class pilots all achieved over 153 kph. Australia's Matthew Scutter came in fourth but retains the number one spot after five days by five points.
James Nugent today became the youngest pilot ever to win a
World Gliding Competition day leading the pack in Club Class.
He was followed by Nick Hanenburg from the Netherlands and
Australian Joe O'Donnell.
Matt Davis for Great Britain took first place in Standard Class followed by
Matthew Scutter from Australia and Simon Briel from Germany.
After watching the returning gliders on Day 4 I asked Operations Director Terry Cubley how he thought the day went.
Terry said., 'Today you could begin to see that it was business as usual for the pilots. They were getting onto the rhythm. The griding was right the launching just went along. There were no issues or problems, everyone was just relaxed about the whole process.
'The day turned out quite well. I was a bit apprehensive for a while. Not because I thought it would not be good enough but I wasn't sure it was progressing as quickly as expected. But the pilots all handled it all very well.
'Watching the live tracking you could begin to see the thinking. The pilots who ended up doing well turned early in the first sector and went deep into the western sector where the better whether was forecast to be. There were gaggles, but a number of gaggles. Different choices being made even in the blue. Under cumulus you would expect that but In the blue they tend to stick together a bit more. So there were gaggles, but the majority of pilots seemed to be going along making sensible decisions.
'They all got back and they managed the finish well. The airmanship was good, even at the end of the ground run. Today they were all focusing on getting that right.
'It was a nice day. A few of the teams have had some good results, some disappointments. That is what gliding comps are about.'
Fredderik Noddelund from Denmark finished fifth in Standard Class on Day three placing his seventh
after two flying days of competition. Fredderik and several pilots were able to take advantage of
a stubble fire perfectly placed on their task to help them home.
Pavel Trybenekr and Martin Piskacek from Czech Republic took the first two places
in Standard Class today. New Zealander Alex McCaw took third place on a day
that was mostly blue, but with a stubble fire that provided a
timely help to some pilots near the end of the second leg.
Ailsa McMillan was the top Australian pilot on the day finishing
in seventh place.It was a strong start to JWGC2015 with
Poland and Germany taking the first four placesin
Standard Class. Mateusz Siodloczek took first
place with fellow Pole Jacek Flis takingsecond place.
Germans Sebastian Nagel came third closely followed by Simon Briel.
Saturday 21 November 2015
Gliding Clubrooms, Bacchus Marsh Aerodrome
Bacchus Marsh, Vic
The first of two GFA Safety Seminars to be held in the Vic/Tas Region is being held on 21st November 2015 and the venue is the gliding clubhouse at Bacchus Marsh airfield starting at 9:00 AM. A copy of the agenda follows. We are encouraging all GFA members to attend this seminar and advise that the format has now been expanded and, in addition to Operations, representatives of Airworthiness and Safety Management will also be participating to bring members up to date and answer questions members may have.
JoeyGlide 2016 Location confirmed as West Wyalong
JoeyGlide will be at West Wyalong from 17th to 24th January 2016.
More information here soon.
54th Nationals and PreWorlds - Benalla January 2016
The competition website for the next Multiclass Nationals and Pre-Worlds is now up and running at www.ozglide.com
This site contains initial details of the event, entry forms, and useful information and links. It is of course far from complete but it will grow quickly. and if you are planning to attend please bookmark the site.
Please also pass the link on to anyone in Australia or overseas who you think may be interested.
Please contact me through the site if you need more information.
Tim Shirley Contest Director
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