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Joins Australian Team for World Gliding Championships Lithuania

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.

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 was brought up on a farm in the Adelaide Hills. He discovered his passion for gliding seven years ago and has now risen to become the top pilot in his age group. He now has the opportunity to take on the top senior pilots from around the world and is seen as a strong contender for another podium place.

His teammate, 20 year old Dylan Lampard from Queensland, also flew in the Junior World Championships, finishing 14th. Matthew was ahead of the competition for most of the championships but Dylan helped him clinch the world title through his self-sacrificing tactics in the air. Dylan forged ahead on his own, leading Matthew to better, rising air and victory.

At the closing ceremony when Matthew received his gold medal, he called Dylan onto the podium to say thank you and share the glory.

Already 24 years old, Matthew is now too old to fly in future Junior contests, but Dylan is hoping to make the Aussie team for the next Junior World Championships in 2017. To help him, Matthew generously suggested they fly together in the two-seat competition to give Dylan more experience at the World level, preparing him to take the podium on his own next time.

Matthew has also been selected to the Australian Team for the Multiclass World Gliding Championships** to be held in Benalla Victoria in January 2017.



WGC are held every two years in several 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.

*Club, standard and Two seater classes

** Multiclass - 15 metre, 18 metre and Open classes

Caption: Australian, Matthew Scutter - Junior World Gliding Champion

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

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

Caption: Junior World Gliding Champion Matthew Scutter on the podium with teammate Dylan Lampard , Narromine NSW December 2015.

Caption: Junior World Gliding Champion Matthew Scutter on the podium Narromine NSW December 2015.


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 one of the greatest sport aviation events in the world.

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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

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