The Renmark Gliding Club Trophy

The Renmark Gliding Club Trophy

FOR THE HIGHEST PLACED WOODEN GLIDER

This trophy, comprising two hand crafted hardwood wooden gliders, each mounted on a slender turned hardwood pylon, on a turned maple base, all finished in clear lacquer and bearing about 15 brass engraving plates, was donated in the 1996/97 season by the Renmark Gliding Club; to be awarded at the Club Class (formerly Sports & Two-Seater Class) Australian National Gliding Championships each year, for the best placing by the pilot of a wooden aircraft.

Season  Pilot Sailplane Venue S & 2S
1996/97 Duncan Robertson Foka 5 Renmark 16th
1997/98 Keith Nolan Olympia ‘Yellow Witch’ Temora 17th
1998/99 Emilis Prelgauskas   Temora 18th
99/2000 Paul Clift Ka6e Gawler 19th
2000/1 Emilis Prelgauskas   Benalla 20th
2001/02 Ian McPhee/Mark Laird Bergfalke Temora 21st
2002/3 Ian McPhee/Mark Laird Bergfalke Temora 22nd
2003/4 Emilis Prelgauskas ES60b Super Arrow  GTJ Waikerie 23rd
2004/5 Derek Spencer   Waikerie 24th

Laurie Watkins perpetual all over best tryers trophy

Laurie Watkins Perpetual

This trophy, known colloquially as the "BEST TRYERS TROPHY" is awarded at the Club Class (formerly Sports and Two-Seater) National Championships each year for the pilot judged to be the 'BEST TRYER', irrespective of Class.

It was donated by the Beaufort Gliding Club as a tribute to their late member Laurie Watkins, and first awarded at the 1987/8 season Nationals held at Corowa in January 1988.

Laurie Watkins took up the sport of gliding in his 50's with Beaufort Gliding Club. He became an Instructor and was a stalwart member of that club for about twenty years until his death from natural causes in the mid 1980's. The trophy incorporates a small gilt sailplane model owned by Laurie Watkins.

Season Pilot Club Venue Nationals
1987/8 Finbarr Hart Beaufort G C Corowa 7th S & 2Str
1988/9 Chris Thorpe Beaufort G C Corowa 8th
1989/90 David Nugent Sunraysia G C Mildura 9th
1990/1     Mildura 10th
1991/2     Leeton 11th
1992/3     Leeton 12th
1993/4     Corowa 13th
1994/5 A.Furmiston: & M Simpson, Geelong G.C Corowa 14th
1995/6 Lisa Turner Kingaroy S.C Renmark 15th
1996/7 Trevor Rim & Mark Goodley G.C.V Renmark 16th
1997/8 Bill Hatfield Bundaberg G.C Temora 17th
1998/9 Phillip Ritchie Adelaide S.C Temora 18th Cl & Sp.
99/2000 Paul Clift Adelaide S.C. Gawler 19th
2000/1 Eugene Blunt, & John Kohan   Benalla 20th
2001/2 Bob Musgrave Beaufort G C Temora 21st
2002/3 Mike Morris   Temora 22nd
2003/4 Ray Humphrey   NSW Waikerie 23rd
2004/5 Jeff Woodward  WA Waikerie 24th
2005/6 Paul Handley   Benalla 25th
2006/7 Adam 'Charlie' Ianson VIC Benalla 26th
 2007/8  Not awarded    Kingaroy  27th
 2008/9  Not awarded    Kingaroy  28th
 2009/10  Not awarded    Lake Keepit  29th

T & J Sailplanes Services Mentor Trophy

T & J Sailplanes Services Mentor Trophy

MENTOR & PUPILS(S) TEAM

The T & J Sailplanes Services Mentor Trophy is awarded at the Club Class (formerly Sports and Two-Seater) National Championships each year for the BEST PERFORMANCE BY A MENTOR AND PUPIL(S) TEAM

The trophy takes the form of a silver platter. It was donated in 1994 by T & J Sailplanes Services of Camden and presented for the first time at the Sports and Two-Seater Nationals held in Janaury 1995 at Corowa.

The names of the 'Mentor' and 'Pupil' (or pupils) should always be shown on the trophy, since it is awarded to them for a team achievement.

Season Mentor Pupils Venue Nationals
1994/5 Noel Vagg Alan Furmiston, Mark Simpson Corowa 14th S & 2Str
1995/6 Gary Hollands Andrew Repton Renmark 15th
1996/7 Bruce Campbell Jonathon Shand Renmark 16th
1997/8 Phillip Hearne Rolf Buelter Temora 17th
1998/9 Tom Gilbert Scott Lennon Temora 18th Cl & Sp.
99/2000 Tom Gilbert Luke Dodd Gawler 19th
2000/1 Terry Cubley Simon Brown Benalla 20th
2001/2 Cathy Conway David Conway Temora 21st
2002/3 Rolf Buelter Jarek Mosiejewski Temora 22nd
2003/4 Terry Cubley David Long Waikerie 23rd
2004/5 Terry Cubley David Long Waikerie 24th
2005/6 Peter Buskens Iain Russell Benalla 25th
2006/7 Swaantje Geyer Brendan English Benalla 26th
 2007/8  Not Contested    Kingaroy  27th
 2008/9  Hank Kauffmann  Mark Dalton  Kingaroy  28th
 2009/10  Not Contested    Lake Keepit  29th

 One-Plus Trophy

BEST PLACED LIBELLE PILOTWestpac Banking Corporation

The WESTPAC PERPETUAL TROPHY is awarded at the Club Class (formerly Sports and Two-Seater) National Championships each year for the BEST PLACING BY A LIBELLE PILOT

It was donated in 1984 by the Corowa branch of the WestPac Banking Corporation on the occasion of the 3rd Sports & Two-Seater Nationals being held in that town, and was awarded for the first time at that event.

  It was replaced by the "One-Plus Trophy" in 2008 in recognition of the fact that few Libelles were now attending and there were other gliders of similar performance that also deserved recognition.

Season Pilot Glider/Registration Venue Nationals
1983/4 N.Fisher H205 VH-GJJ Ararat 3rd S & 2Str
1984/5 P.Buckley H201B VH-GZF Ararat 4th
1985/6 N.Bloch H201 VH-GBN Leeton 5th
1986/7 N.Bloch H201 VH-GBN Leeton 6th
1987/8 T.Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Corowa 7th
1988/9 W.Tugnett H301 VH-GUI Corowa 8th
1989/90 T.Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Mildura 9th
1990/91 N.Fisher H205 VH-GJJ Mildura 10th
1991/2 G.Raymond H301 VH-GIT Leeton 11th
1992/3 G.Raymond H301 VH-GIT Leeton 12th
1993/4 T.Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Corowa 13th
1994/5 T.Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Corowa 14th
1995/6 T.Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Renmark 15th
( NB. Initially awarded in error to Gary Stevenson,for highest Libelle speed)
1996/7 T.Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Renmark 16th
1997/8 T.Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Temora 17th
1998/9 T.Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Temora 18th C & Sp.
99/2000 T. Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Gawler 19th
2000/1 T. Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Benalla 20th
2001/02 T.Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Temora 21st
2002/3 T.Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Temora 22nd
2003/4 T.Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Waikerie 23rd
2004/5 T. Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Waikerie 24th
2005/6 T. Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Benalla 25th
2006/7 T. Gilbert H201B VH-GCK Benalla 26th
 2007/8  Shane McCaffrey    Kingaroy  27th
 2008/9  Allan Barnes  LS1F  Kingaroy  28th
 2009/10  Paul Mander  H201B  Lake Keepit  29th

Beaurepaires Corowa Trophy

John S. Holst Memorial Trophy

HIGHEST PLACED NOVICE PILOT

The Beaurepaires Corowa Trohpy is awarded at the Club Class (formerly Sports and Two-Seater) National Championships each year to the HIGHEST PLACED NOVICE PILOT in the Sports Class.

It was donated in 1988 by the Beaurepaires company of Corowa on the occasion of the 7th Sports & 2-Seater Class Nationals being held in that town.

In 2001 there were no eligible ‘Novices’ and the trophy was not awarded. The following year it was missing but reported to be in dilapitated condition. In 2002 GFA Council authorised its replacement. A new, similar, trophy was made by Evright’s of Adelaide with all past history engraved on the back plate.

Season Pilot Glider Venue Nationals
1987/8 Christopher Lane Hornet       VH-GMZ Corowa 7th S & 2-Str
1988/9 Harold Walton  Jantar        VH-CQT Corowa 8th
1989/90 Mark Bland Libelle       VH-GUK Mildura 9th
1990/1 Phillip Hearne Std.Libelle VH-GBP Mildura 10th
1991/2 Mike Pobjoy Std Libelle VH-GBO    Leeton  11th
1992/3 Kerrie Plowman Std Libelle VH-GBN Leeton  12th
1993/4 Jonathon Shand Libelle H301b,  GXH Corowa 13th
1994/5 Jonathon Shand Libelle H301b,  GXH Corowa 14th
1995/6 Andrew Repton DG200 17m Renmark 15th
1996/7 Bruce Campbell   Renmark 16th
1997/8 Lars Zehnder Kestrel 17  VH-GXC Temora 17th
1998/9 Phillip Ritchie Glasflugel 304 VH GXB Temora 18th C & Sp
99/2000 Phillip Ritchie Hornet  Gawler 19th C& Sp
2000/1 Not awarded (no novices)   Benalla 20th
2001/02 Not awarded Trophy Missing   Temora 21st
2002/3 Jarek Mosiejewski   Temora 22nd
2003/4 Jarek Mosiejewski LS4a VH-UKA Waikerie 23rd
2004/5 Don Woodward   Waikerie 24th
2005/6 Glenn McLean   Benalla 25th
2006/7 Matt Gage Cirrus Std VH-VKC Benalla 26th
 2007/8  Mike Codling
 Hornet  Kingaroy  27th
 2008/9  Phil Southgate
   Kingaroy  28th
 2009/10  Craig Collings
 ASW19  Lake Keepit
 29th

John S. Holst Memorial Trophy

John S. Holst Memorial Trophy

HIGHEST HANDICAP SPEED

The JOHN S. HOLST MEMORIAL TROPHY is awarded at the Club Class (formerlySports and Two-Seater) National Championships each year to the pilot achieving the HIGHEST HANDICAP SPEED in the Sports Class.

John Sidney Holst was a keen and popular Diamond Badge glider pilot who met his untimely death in an outlanding accident whilst flying in the Gulgong Competitions on 23rd February 1987. [ As reported in the May 1987 'A.G.']

This unique trophy, which takes the form of the tip of a metal propellor blade, chrome plated and engraved and mounted on an ebonised plinth on a polished hardwood base, was made by his friends Tom Gilbert, Barry Bowerman, and Grant Kenniwell, and was donated by them in memory of John. It was presented for the first time in the 1987/88 competition season, at the Sports and Two-Seater Nationals held at Corowa early in 1988.

Season Pilot Speed Glider Venue S or C Nats
1987/8 Tom Glibert     Corowa 8th
1988/89 Geoff Raymond 95.4 km/h H201 Open Libelle Corowa 8th
1989/90 Tom Gilbert     Mildura 9th
1990/91 W.(Bill) Tugnett 95.4 km/h H201 Open Libelle Mildura 10th
1991/92 G. Sweeeney   PIK 20B Leeton 11th
1992/93 Haidyn Dunn   Hornet Leeton 12th
1993/94 Phillip Hearne   H201B Libelle Corowa 13th
1994/95 Phillip Hearne 111.23 km/h   Corowa 14th
1995/96 Graham Parker 122 km/h ASW24 Renmark 15th
1996/97 Tom Gilbert   H201B Libelle Renmark 16th
1997/98 Terry Cubley & Lars Zehnder tied   Jantar, Kestrel Temora 17th S & 2-S  
1998/99 Tom Gilbert & Bruce Taylor tied   Libelle, Hornet Temora 18th C & Sp  
1999/2000 Bruce Taylor 107.43 km/h Hornet Gawler 19th
2000/01 Bruce Taylor   Hornet Benalla 20th
2001/02 Hank Kauffmann 134 km/h ASW 20B Temora 21st
2002/03 Scott Lennon 117.4 km/h   Temora 22nd
2003/04 Don Woodward 107.25 km/h PIK 20D Waikerie 23rd
2004/05 Terry Cubley 128.45 km/h   Waikerie 24th
2005/6 Terry Cubley 125.6 km/h   Benalla 25th
2006/7 Jim Crowhurst 122.5 km/h ASW19b Benalla 26th
 2007/8  Peter Trotter    ASW20  Kingaroy  27th
 2008/9  Peter Trotter    ASW20  Kingaroy  28th
 2009/10  David Jansen    ASG29 Lake Keepit  29th

The Commonwealth Banking Corporation Club Class 2 Seater Trophy

Commonwealth Banking Corporation Trophy
 Second Place Trophy

(Club Class Nationals, formerly Sports & 2-Seater Class)
The Commonwealth Banking Corporation Two-seater Class Second Place National Championship Trophy is awarded each year at the Sports and two seater Class National Championships to pilots or clubs gaining second place in the contest.

It was donated in 1988 by The Corowa Branch of the Commonwealth Bank, the occasion of the 7th Sports & Two-Seater Class National championships being held at Corowa in January of that year.

Season Pilot Glider State Venue  Nationals
1987/8 Chris Thorpe/Noel Vagg Zephyrus VIC Corowa 7th
1988/9 R. Clarkson Twin Astir   Corowa 8th
1989/90 Baylee Roberts Twin Astir   Mildura 9th
1990/91 Not recorded     Mildura 10th
1991/92 Not recorded     Leeton 11th
1992/93 Not recorded     Leeton 12th
1993/94 Paul Matthews Stemme S10   Corowa 13th
1994/95 A. Furniston/M. Simpson ASK13 NSW Corowa 14th
1995/96 Emilis Prelgauskas & others Twin Astir SA Renmark 15th
1996/97 David Cleland/Peter Buskens Twin Astir VIC Renmark 16th
1997/98 No Contest   NSW Temora 17th
In 1998 the name was changed to Club Class to align with an FAI decision but the numbering was retained.
1998/99 Steve O'Donnell/Harry Ryan     Temora 18th
1999/2000 Simon Hackett/Emilis Prelgauskas IS-30 SA Gawler 19th
2000/01 Not awarded     Benalla 20th
2001/02 Not awarded     Temora 21st
2002/3 Not awarded     Temora 22nd
2003/4 Not awarded     Waikerie 23rd
2004/5 Dave Cleland & Colin Adam   VIC Waikerie 24th
2005/6 Not awarded     Benalla 25th
2006/7 Not awarded     Benalla 26th
 2007/8  Not awarded
     Kingaroy  27th
 2008/9  Not awarded      Kingaroy  28th
 2009/10  Not awarded
     Lake Keepit
 29th

The Riley Aeronautics Trophy

for the Most Successful Two-Seater Performance

Riley Aeronautics Trophy

Bill Riley has been most active in the gliding scene over many uears. A glider pilot and light aircraft pilot with international experience, he flew with two other pilots in a formation of three Self-launching Gliders from Rumania to Essendon airport. Bill Riley bases his glider operations at Tocumwal in NSW on the Murray River. Bill Riley's continuing contribution to gliding has been in every aspect of the sport.

The RILEY AERONAUTICS TROPHY was intended to be for the most successful two-seater performance. However it has been used as an award for other classes.

In 1978, when GFA re-allocated its trophies, the Riley Aeronautics Trophy was returned to its intended place in the trophy schedule and was awarded for the longest two-seater flight each year. Accordingly it could be won at the National Two-Seater Championships.

In 1987 the trophy was again re-allocated when handicapping lost favour. It then became the Decentralised Competitions Club Team Trophy, to be awarded to the club whose participants gained the most points for a maximum of three pilots and a maximum of three entries.

The Decentralised Comps then suffered the loss of its Convenor and was not conducted again until 1989.

In 1990 Bill Riley specifically requested that his trophy be returned to its original purpose, as a Two-Seater Trophy for the Sports and Two-Seater National Championships. The donation of a new trophy for the D.C.C facilitated this.

In 2003 the trophy, having become somewhat dilapidated, was refurbished by the T.O. with a new wooden plinth of the same shape as previously but finished in bronze lacquer instead of black. The plaques were reinstalled in a more orderly fashion leaving space for future entries.

Season Pilot(s) State Venue S & 2S Nats
AS 'LEAGUE I' TROPHY
1966/7 M.Jinks,  P.Rohrlach,  J.Rowe SA Narromine 7th
AS TWO-SEATER TEAMS TROPHY:
1967/8 C.Downes,  H.Elloitt Vic Benalla 8th
AS STANDARD CLASS TROPHY:
1968/9 R.Deane,  R.C.Moore SA Renmark 9th
AS STANDARD CLASS TEAM TROPHY:
1969/70 A.Latemore,  J.McCaffrey Qld Narromine 10th
1970/1 D.Jones,  Sue Martin SA Benalla 11th
1971/2 M.Jinks,  J.Rowe  SA Waikerie 12th
1972/3 J.Coolhaas,  W.Geisler NSW Waikerie                13th
1973/4 No contest, World Comps      
1974/5 G.W.Nicholls,  P.J.Nicholls SA Narromine 14th
1975/6 I.Renner,  J.Rowe NSW Tocumwal 15th
1976/7 J.Harris,  R.Smart SA Renmark 16th
1980/1 R.Druce,  G.Skarbek Vic Narromine 17th
AS OPEN HANDICAP CLASS TROPHY:
1983/4 I.Renner NSW Benalla 23rd FAI
1984/5 A.G.Tabart Vic Leeton 24th FAI
1985/6 J.Coutts Vic Gawler    25th FAI
AS DECENTRALISED COMPS, LEAGUE 3, TROPHY:            
1989/90 Noel Vagg & others Vic D.C.C  
AS TWO-SEATER CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY:
1993/4 Baylee.Roberts & others SA Corowa 13th S & 2-S
1994/5 Chris Thorpe & Gordon Pope Vic Corowa 14th S & 2-S
1995/6 Les Webster & Bert Persson Qld Renmark 15th S & 2-S
1996/7 No Contest insufficient entries   Renmark 16th  S &  2-S
1997/8 Harry & Wendy Medlicott NSW Temora 17th S & 2S
1998/9 Harry Medlicott NSW Temora 18th
99/2000 Harry Medlicott NSW Gawler 19th Club & Spts
2000/1 Not awarded   Benalla 20th C & Sp
2001/02 Not awarded         Trophy Missing     Temora 21st C & Sp
2002/3 Mark Laird/ Ian McPhee NSW Temora 22nd
2003/4 Not awarded   Waikerie 23rd
2004/5 Cathy Conway, Simon Hackett SA Waikerie 24th
2005/6 Not contested   Benalla 25th
2006/7 Not contested   Benalla 26th
 2007/8  Not contested    Kingaroy 27th
 2008/9  Not Contested    Kingaroy  28th
 2009/10  Not Contested    Lake Keepit  29th

The National Club Class Teams Trophy

National Club Class Teams Trophy

[State Nominated Teams]
Prior to 1974 up to two or three pilots shared a Sports Class glider because of the shortage of gliders.

In 1969 the Renmark Gliding Club donated a silver tray to be awarded to the team or crew, in one glider, who accumulated the most points.In 1974 GFA decided that henceforth there would be only one pilot per glider, because the gliding fraternity had been able to purchase many gliders from the 1974 World Gliding Championships glider owners.

This award remained dormant until 1984 when GFA decided that, now that the National Sports and Two-Seater Championships were running efficiently, from 1985 the trophy would be awarded to the State whose three selected pilots gained the most points, in Sports Class. In 1998 this became known as Club Class, in line with an FAI decision.

Season Team Pilots State Venue S. & 2-S.
1969 Renmark Gliding Crew SA Renmark 9th
1971 B.R.Curry, J. Buchanan SA Benalla   11th
1973 R.Sutton,  J.Boatswain SA Waikerie 13th
At this stage the Sports Class was abandoned as a Nationals Class
1981/2 Dormant   Leeton 1st
1982/3 Dormant   Leeton 2nd
1983/4 Dormant   Ararat 3rd
In 1985, after the Sports & Two-Seater Nationals had been well established, the trophy was reintroduced.
1984/5 M.Forster, W.Lewis SA Ararat 4th
1985/6 N.Bloch, T.Gilbert, A.Kruger NSW Leeton 5th
1986/7 T.Gilbert, A.Kruger NSW Leeton 6th
1987/8 C.Crittenden, W.Lewis SA Corowa 7th
1988/9 P.Buskens, J.Hart Vic Corowa 8th
1989/90 Not awarded   Mildura  9th
1990/1 Not awarded   Mildura 10th
1991/2 M.Pobjoy,D.Pobjoy,M.Bland,A.Dickie    Aust Defence Force Vic. Leeton 11th
1992/3 T.Gilbert, W.Tugnett, C.Turner NSW Leeton 12th
1993/4 T.Gilbert, C.Turner NSW Corowa 13th
1994/5 H.Dunn, P.Hearne, N.Vagg Vic Corowa 14th
1995/6 H.Dunn, G.Parker, W.Kiely SA Renmark 15th
1996/7 G.Stevenson, B.Campbell, J.Shand Vic Renmark 16th
1997/8 T.Cubley, H.Dunn Vic Temora 17th
In 1988 the contest name was changed to ‘Club & Sports Class’
1998/9 T.Cubley, H.Dunn Vic Temora 18th
99/2000 B.Taylor; T.Gilbert; R.Sanders NSW ‘B’ Gawler 19th
2000/1 R.Beulter, T.Geiger, J.Shand Vic Team Benalla 20th
2001/02   T.Geiger; S.Lennon; T.Gilbert NSW Team Temora 21st
2002/3 T.Cubley, R.Buelter Vic-Geelong Temora 22nd
2003/4 T.Cubley, P.Buskens, Tracey Tabart, H. Wonderglen Vic ‘Rascals’ Waikerie 23rd
2004/5 Bruce Taylor, Lisa trotter, Peter Trotter T-Cubed Waikerie 24th
2005/6 Tom Gilbert, Scott Lennon Kilo Benalla 25th
2006/7 Phil Ritchie, Peter Temple, John Nicholls  SA Benalla 26th
 2007/8  John Buchanan, Ivan Teese, Lisa Trotter  Qld  Kingaroy  27th
 2008/9  Hank Kauffmann, Allan Barnes, Peter Trotter  Qld  Kingaroy  28th
 2009/10  David Jansen, Peter Trotter, Allan Barnes  Qld  Lake Keepit  29th

The Maurie Bradney Club Class Junior Trophy

Maurie Bradney Junior Club Class Trophy

This trophy (1 of 2) is in memory of Maurie Bradney who was born in Lismore, NSW 1 April 1935 and died of Motor Neurone Disease at Waikerie, SA on 11 August 2002 at the age of 67.

Maurie began his flying career as a teenager when he flew model planes in Brisbane and was very successful in competitions.

He then went to Mt Isa as a school teacher where in March 1956 he took up his lifelong sport of gliding, flying the Short Wing Kookaburra, Kangaroo and Grunau Baby II.

National Service caught up with him in 1955 where he learnt to fly in Tiger Moths at Archerfield, Qld.

In 1963 Maurie moved to Sydney where he flew at Oakey and Camden eventually becoming CFI at Camden. During this time he was flying as a commercial pilot for Rex Aviation Ltd out of Bankstown.

The move to Waikerie to take up the position as Manager of the Waikerie Gliding Club came in 1972. During this time until his resignation in 1991 his life was devoted to training glider pilots and managing the club.

Maurie had the privilege to fly gliders in World Competitions for Australia in Yugoslavia (1972), Waikerie (1974), Paderborn, Germany (1980), Bayreuth, Germany (1982), Rieti, Italy (1985), Benalla (1987) and the 1st World Air Games at Inonu, Turkey (1997).

He also competed in the Australian Nationals from the 5th (1964) to the 34th (1996) attaining 1st place five times, and 2nd place twice, but normally coming within the first seven placings.

He went on to devote his time to writing “Flying Faster and Further” for the GFA and as the National Gliding Coach, encouraging young glider pilots at their sport.

This fine Trophy was inaugurated in 2004. Maurie was a GFA Honorary Life Member and GFA National Coach, he was also CFI and Manager of Waikerie Gliding Club for most of the last three decades of the 20th Century. Maurie was one of Australia's top pilots for many years and was renowned world wide for his expertise as an instructor and administrator.

The main block of the trophy is made of Mallee wood from the Riverland in SA. The glider on the Club Class trophy is the ASW 20, KYA which Maurie flew at the Nationals in Cunderdin WA in Jan 1980 and won the competition. It belonged to the Waikerie Gliding Club at this time. It is still at Waikerie and owned now by Brett Potter (2004).

The Junior Nationals trophy has the ASH 25 (HW) which Maurie flew at the Gawler Comps with Dr Shimizu. It is now owned by Bernard Ecky.

The trophies were crafted by Mark and Machiko Stanley of Waikerie Gliding Club on the instructions of Ann Woolf who donated them. Roger Bond mounted the gliders on the block of Mallee.

This trophy is for contests by Juniors (under the age of 26 at the close of the relevant contest) at Australian Club Class National Championships each year. It was appropriate that the first contest was at Mauries home club in December 2004. The second similar trophy is for the Australian Junior Champion winning the newly inaugurated Australian National Junior Championships.

Awarded to the pilot acheiving the highest position within the first fifteen places.

[At the first such contest in 2004/5 no Junior achieved the first fifteen places]

SEASON WINNER STATE VENUE Club Class Contest
2004-2009 No award   Waikerie/Benalla  
 2009/10  Adam Wooiey   Qld   Lake Keepit   29th
         
         
         

The Maurie Bradney Club Class Junior Trophy

Maurie Bradney Junior Club Class Trophy

This trophy (1 of 2) is in memory of Maurie Bradney who was born in Lismore, NSW 1 April 1935 and died of Motor Neurone Disease at Waikerie, SA on 11 August 2002 at the age of 67.

Maurie began his flying career as a teenager when he flew model planes in Brisbane and was very successful in competitions.

He then went to Mt Isa as a school teacher where in March 1956 he took up his lifelong sport of gliding, flying the Short Wing Kookaburra, Kangaroo and Grunau Baby II.

National Service caught up with him in 1955 where he learnt to fly in Tiger Moths at Archerfield, Qld.

In 1963 Maurie moved to Sydney where he flew at Oakey and Camden eventually becoming CFI at Camden. During this time he was flying as a commercial pilot for Rex Aviation Ltd out of Bankstown.

The move to Waikerie to take up the position as Manager of the Waikerie Gliding Club came in 1972. During this time until his resignation in 1991 his life was devoted to training glider pilots and managing the club.

Maurie had the privilege to fly gliders in World Competitions for Australia in Yugoslavia (1972), Waikerie (1974), Paderborn, Germany (1980), Bayreuth, Germany (1982), Rieti, Italy (1985), Benalla (1987) and the 1st World Air Games at Inonu, Turkey (1997).

He also competed in the Australian Nationals from the 5th (1964) to the 34th (1996) attaining 1st place five times, and 2nd place twice, but normally coming within the first seven placings.

He went on to devote his time to writing “Flying Faster and Further” for the GFA and as the National Gliding Coach, encouraging young glider pilots at their sport.

This fine Trophy was inaugurated in 2004. Maurie was a GFA Honorary Life Member and GFA National Coach, he was also CFI and Manager of Waikerie Gliding Club for most of the last three decades of the 20th Century. Maurie was one of Australia's top pilots for many years and was renowned world wide for his expertise as an instructor and administrator.

The main block of the trophy is made of Mallee wood from the Riverland in SA. The glider on the Club Class trophy is the ASW 20, KYA which Maurie flew at the Nationals in Cunderdin WA in Jan 1980 and won the competition. It belonged to the Waikerie Gliding Club at this time. It is still at Waikerie and owned now by Brett Potter (2004).

The Junior Nationals trophy has the ASH 25 (HW) which Maurie flew at the Gawler Comps with Dr Shimizu. It is now owned by Bernard Ecky.

The trophies were crafted by Mark and Machiko Stanley of Waikerie Gliding Club on the instructions of Ann Woolf who donated them. Roger Bond mounted the gliders on the block of Mallee.

This trophy is for contests by Juniors (under the age of 26 at the close of the relevant contest) at Australian Club Class National Championships each year. It was appropriate that the first contest was at Mauries home club in December 2004. The second similar trophy is for the Australian Junior Champion winning the newly inaugurated Australian National Junior Championships.

Awarded to the pilot acheiving the highest position within the first fifteen places.

[At the first such contest in 2004/5 no Junior achieved the first fifteen places]

SEASON WINNER STATE VENUE Club Class Contest
2004-2009 No award   Waikerie/Benalla  
 2009/10  Adam Wooiey   Qld   Lake Keepit   29th