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Australian Team for WGC 2017 Benalla Announced

After strong performances in the Australian summer national gliding competitions, the Aussie team for WGC2017 Benalla has been selected.

Bruce Taylor and Andrew Georgeson will fly in Open Class. This will be Andrew’s first international competition. Bruce has previously represented Australia at World Gliding Championships in Sweden in 1993, as well as New Zealand, France, Germany, Gawler in South Australia, Italy and the USA.

18 Metre Class will be represented by Peter Temple, who will be taking part in his fourth Worlds, having previously flown in France, Italy and Slovakia. Joining him will be Tom Claffey, who flew in Worlds events in South Africa, Hungary, USA, Poland and two FAI Sailplane Grand Prix finals.  

15 Metre Class will be Steve O'Donnell, who flew at the previous Benalla WGC in 1987, and Matthew Scutter, who has competed in three Junior World Gliding championships and is the current Junior World Champion in Standard Class.


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: Peter Temple, Matthew Scutter and Bruce Taylor at the Australian Multiclass Nationals (Pre-worlds) January 2016. The three National Champoins will go on to fly in the World Gliding Championships Benalla January 2017,



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


World Gliding Championships wgc2017.com/ Facebook .facebook.com/WGCBenalla

Twitter  twitter.com/WGC2017 GFA glidingaustralia.org





Sean Young

Media Relations