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The Czech Team Heading Down Under

to compete at Benalla.

Petr Krejcirik will be Team Captain, and was also the Captain for JWGC at Narromine last December. At home he heads the Aeroclub at Hranice in the eastern part of the CzechRepublic, near Poland and Slovakia. His current IGC Ranking is 178

His first WGC was at Bayreuth 1999 in the 15m Class. At Gawler 2001, he flew in Club Class. He also flew at the WGC at Poland 2003, and in Norway and Sweden. At Vinon sur Verdon, France 2006, he took Bronze in Club Class. He went on to fly at Berlin 2008 and Hungary 2010. He has competed in many European Championships and won the in 2002 Championship in Hungary. He took first place at the Czech Nationals last year and most recently flew the Russian GP in May 2016.

Tomas’ IGC Ranking is 238 and his home club is Zbraslavice, south of Prague.

He also flew at WGC at Bayreuth 1999 in 15m Class, Poland 2003, Sweden, Germany, Hungary and again in Poland 2014. He has flown in several European Championships and many Czech Nationals. He won the Czech Open Class in 2014 and last year came 2nd.

Petr Krejcirik 

18m Class - Roman Mracek and Petr Tichy

Petr Tichy 1

Roman is ranked at IGC No14, up one place on last season. He is 35 years old and flew the Junior Worlds in Slovakia 2003 and at JWGC in England 2005 he took the Bronze medal. He won fatraglide 2005 and has come first in the Pribina Cup twice. He was the 2013 European Champion in Standard Class as well as two times Czech Champion and one time Slovak champion. He came 2nd in 18m at the European championships 2014 in Hungary and he took 4th place at the SGP Final at Varese, Italy 2015.

Petr Tichy is also up one place this year with an IGC Ranking of 37. He flew in the European Championships in 2004, the Worlds in Germany 2008 and Hungary 2010, coming 8th in 15m. He won the Czech Nationals in 2010 and again in 2013. At WGC Poland in 2014 he again finished in the top ten, taking 9th place.

Roman Mracek



15m Class - Radek Krejcirik and Petr Svoboda

Radek Krejcirik 1

Radek is just 24 years old and is ranked at IGC No 67. Son of team captain Petr Krejcirik, he started gliding at a young age and won his first Czech Junior Championships in 2008 when he was 16 years old. He went on to win the Czech and Slovak Gliding Championship in 2009, and the Czech Juniors again in 2009 and 2010. He flew at WGC Poland 2014 in 15m Class. He won the Czech Nationals in 2014 and flew at JWGC Australia in December 2015 where he finished in 7th place in Standard Class.

Petr Svoboda

Petr Svoboda is ranked No126. Petr’s home club is AK Plzen Letkov in the west of the country near Germany. At JWGC 2009 in Finland he came 8th. He also flew in the JWGC Germany 2011. This will be his first senior WGC. He won the Polish Junior Nationals in 2012 and the Pribina Cup in 2014. He is no stranger to Benalla, having flown at the pre-Worlds in January 2016, when he finished 5th in 18m Clas

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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.


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.

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


Benalla, Victoria, 8 - 21 January 2017

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