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The World Gliding Championships will be the biggest gliding event ever to come to Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.

WGC Benalla is the Olympics of gliding

114 pilots from 29 countries will be competing at the airfield from just after Christmas until the closing ceremony on 22 January.

The event consists of a series of races around courses that vary daily, and can range from 300km to 700km or more.


Video, audio and still photos will be available for download. SPECIAL packages can be prepared for your outlet to cater for specific interests and questions. Please talk to Sean Young to make arrangements.


To conduct your own coverage including interviews and video, please contact Sean.

MEET THE PILOTS - World Champions and gliding heroes

Official Practice

5 - 7 January

During this period immediately prior to the contest, pilots will be available for interviews and photography in a relaxed and unpressured environment.

Opening Ceremony

8 January 5:00pm

Benalla Rose Garden

Olympic style parade of the international teams, starting with the host nation Australia.

Aerial video will be available, plus video and still photos.

Contest Flying

9 - 21 January

Daily Winners - Photo and Video Opportunities

Each day a different course will be set depending on the weather. The day will begin with a weather and task briefing and, after the first day, a prize-giving for the previous day’s winners.

This is a perfect opportunity for interviews with the winners - typically, the day winners become the eventual Gold, Silver and Bronze medal-getters. As the competition reaches its final stages, the excitement and intensity will rapidly build up.

Closing Ceremony and Prize-Giving

22 January 11:00am


Benalla Airfield

The Champions will receive their medals.

TAKE OFFS, LANDINGS and flying action

Launching time on contest days will usually be between 12 and 2pm, and it will take the 10 tow planes over an hour to launch the fleet. From that stage, activity at the airfield will become a bit quieter as the race proceeds over the surrounding countryside. The gliders come in to land in the late afternoon, usually between 5:30 and 6:30pm.

Consequently, the best time to see the action at the airfield will be around the launch period and in the later afternoon when the gliders return after the race.



Sean Young


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ABOUT Gliding

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 - 22 January 2017. Over 115 competitors from 29 nations will compete in one of the greatest sport aviation events in the world.