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BENALLA to host


The 34th FAI World Gliding Championships will be held in Benalla, Victoria, on 8 - 21 January 2017. Over 100 competitors from 30 nations are expected to compete in the greatest sport event in the world.


Championship Director, Australia’s Terry Cubley said, ‘Australia has some of the best gliding conditions in the world and with a home team advantage, we have a real chance of seeing an Australian pilot finish in Gold Medal position.’


Australia’s successful bid for the World Gliding championships will give a major boost to Benalla and Northern Victoria with competitors and their teams flying in from all around the world. In addition, visitors from across Australia will visit Benalla to watch the drama of the contest and soak up the championship atmosphere.

Benalla in Victoria previously hosted the 1987 world championships. Benalla’s greatest advantages are the facilities available to host such a large event - a full-sized airfield with access to cultural services and easy walking distance from a large town.

CAPTION: Benalla Airfield, home site of the Gliding Club of Victoria, has excellent facitities. WGC 2017 will be the second time that Benalla has hosted a WGC event. The first time was in 1987.


The World Gliding Championships for Open, 18m and 15m classes is the most prestigious and competitive gliding competition in the world.

This event is organised by the GFA (Gliding Federation of Australia) under the auspices of the FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) which is the worldwide body for sport aviation.


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 300 kph and capable of heights in excess of 10,000 metres.

The GFA (Gliding Federation of Australia) is the national body for the coordination, management and promotion of gliding.

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Benalla, Victoria, on 8 - 21 January 2017

Visitors welcome - Gliders - Simulators - Family friendly - Great day out