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The World Gliding Championships* will be held in Lithuania 30 July - 13 August 2016. Over 100 competitors from 30 nations will compete in three classes of competition.

The Australian Gliding team, supported by the Gliding Federation of Australia, will consist of six flying members.


The pilots

Current Junior World Gliding Champion, Matthew Scutter, will fly in the Two Seater Class with Dylan Lampard as co-pilot. Matthew won the Junior World Gliding Championships held in Narromine in December 2015. He then went on to win the Australian National Championships in January and is now bound for Lithuania. Matthew has also been selected to the Australian Team for the Multiclass World Gliding Championships** to be held in Benalla Victoria in January 2017.

Club Class will be flown by Tobias Geiger and Allan Barnes. Both pilots have represented Australia in several previous world gliding championships. Tobi has been a contender four times – in 1998 in the Czech Republic, 2002 in Germany, 2010 in Slovakia and 2013 in Argentina. Allan has competed five times - in Norway in 2004, Italy in 2008, Slovakia in 2010, Argentina in 2013 and Finland in 2014.

Standard Class will be flown by John Buchanan and Adam Woolley. John is the most experienced member of the team, flying his first world championship in France in 1978. Since then he has flown for Australia in the USA in 1983 where he gained a podium place, coming third and winning the Bronze Medal. He competed again at world level in Germany in 1999 and 2008.

This is Adam Woolley’s second senior world championships, having flown in Finland in 2014. He also flew in the Junior World Championships in the UK in 2005.

The team was selected after strong performances in the Australian summer national gliding competitions. The pilots with the highest aggregate competition scores over the last year are selected in each class.

The team will fly to Lithuania in June for several weeks of practise flying and acclimatisation before the contest.



WGC are held every two years in several classes. Club, Standard and Two seater, 15 metre, 18 metre and Open classes. Attracting pilots from over 30 countries, the sport is keenly competitive.


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.



Caption: Dylan Lampard, 20 year old Queenslander heading to Lithuania to fly in the Two Seater Class of the World Gliding Championships.


Caption: Australian, Matthew Scutter - Junior World Gliding Champion

Matthew won the Junior World Gliding Championships in Narromine NSW December 2015.


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Benalla, Victoria, 8 - 21 January 2017

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


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Sean Young

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