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Entries are now coming in from around the world for the Benalla WGC 2017. Great Britain Austria, Netherlands, Italy, CzechRepublic have all announced their teams.

British Team Captain Max Kirschner is a familiar face in Benalla. He was the Summer Operations Manager for the Gliding Club of Victoria for six seasons and is the British ‘secret weapon’ because of his knowledge of the gliding conditions around the region. He may be exactly what his team needs to ensure a podium place or two at WGC Benalla.

Max said, ‘It’s great to be bringing an experienced team to Benalla, and we are looking forward to the competition. I’m also looking forward to meeting old friends, having spent many British winters enjoying the weather at Benalla and the hospitality of the Gliding Club of Victoria.’

Max is not the only member of the British team to have flown at Benalla. Two times World Gliding Champion Andy Davis will also be a familiar face around town, having visited Benalla many times over the years.


In fact, the British team has two previous World Gliding Champions on their team for Benalla. The Austrian team also includes previous World Champion Wolfgang Janowitsch, who competed in the pre-World Competition in Benalla just last January.

Benalla can expect many more familiar faces plus lots of new visitors in the lead up to the competition. We will keep you posted on entries as they come in.

British Team Captain Max Kirschner at the Australian Nationals Benalla in 2012, where he was the weather forecaster.

Andy Davis BBC

Andy Davis from the British Team is a two times World Gliding Champion and no stranger to Benalla.

Wolfgang Janowitsch Andreas Lutz

From the Austrian team , Wolfgang Janowitsch (left) with Andreas Lutz. Wolfgang was in Benalla for the competition in January 2016.

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The 34th FAI World Gliding Championships will be held in Benalla, Victoria, on 8 - 21 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 300kph 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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