Greg Beecroft

Hometown:  Thornlie
Glider:  LS8

How did you get started in gliding?     My home town of Broken Hill had a gliding club and I was interested in flying. A school friend and I went for a look and loved the club and the flying.

Who have been your most significant mentors or influences in gliding?    This is the first time I’ve been asked this question. On reflection they’ve been:

  • My early instructors at Broken Hill and Waikerie who taught and encouraged me.
  • Dave Woodward at Beverley who encouraged cross-country and comp flying as well as other aspects of gliding participation.
  • Fellow pilots who I have competed and improved with, especially Norm Bloch.


What are some of the major competitions you’ve participated in, and how did you perform? So far, I’ve been limited to state and National comps although I have been eligible for the Australian team a couple of times previously. I’ve always enjoyed and usually performed well in comps.

What’s your training routine like? How will you prepare for the upcoming competition? Over winter, I’ll do what I can to improve my glider and engage with the team for the upcoming competition. Then I’ll go to Kingaroy for the QLD state comps and Sports class nationals where I’ll learn as much as possible about my team members and how we can help each other.

What are your goals / aims for the upcoming competition at Narromine? My aim is to contribute to team success with positive contributions to flight planning, flying and reflection.

How does it feel to be representing Australia on home soil, and at Narromine? I’m excited about it but appreciate the huge amount of preparation needed to give Gliding Australia the best possible results.

I hope the team can stay within touch of winning in each class throughout the comp and make it exciting for members to watch.

I appreciate the effort the organisers are putting in to make it happen. I hope we can add to their satisfaction.

What’s something interesting most people don’t know about you? Putting “interesting” aside, I had a career as a civil engineer and I enjoy the technical aspects of gliding.  I’ve helped my club with many new buildings and been involved in management at club, state and GFA level.  I also enjoy instructing, coaching and glider maintenance. 

What advice would they give to someone interested in getting involved in gliding? Have a look at the Integrated Training Program you’ll be going through for your Glider Pilot Certificate. You’ll see that you’ll become a very competent and satisfied pilot.  Look for the many ways you can then be involved in and enjoy gliding after the highs and lows of being a trainee.

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