10th FAI Women’s Gliding World Championship in Australia


The 10th FAI Women’s Gliding World Championship (WWGC) takes place in Lake Keepit, northern New South Wales, Australia, January 3-17, 2020.

Forty-five female pilots from ten countries compete in three glider classes, racing for two weeks to become the new world champions.

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Meet the Australian team

The Australian team selected to compete in the 10th FAI Women’s World Gliding Championship consists of three pilots in each of the three competition classes – Club, Standard and 18m.

The team includes pilots experienced in the Gliding World Championships for many years as well as rising young stars, all with excellent gliding skills and experience at the highest level.

It is certain that the Australian team will strive for gold, silver and bronze medals and make full use of their home advantage.

The team members are:

  • Club Class: Jenny Ganderton, Jo Davis, Kerrie Claffey
  • Standard class: Cathy Conway, Claire Scutter, Lisa Trotter
  • Class 18m: Ailsa McMillan, Jenny Thompson, Lisa Turner

Ailsa McMillan, class 18m

Ailsa McMillan of Victoria, 25, took fifth place at the Women’s Gliding World Championships in Czech Republic 2017.

Terry Cubey, GFA Managing Director, said: “Ailsa is Australia’s first female and junior rider to this championship. The drivers she competed against in the Czech Republic are the best in the world, but Ailsa, who was only 23 at the time, has shown that she can compete with them on an equal footing. She demonstrated that she would quickly become a force to be reckoned with. Ailsa is very good tactically as well as a skillful pilot, which makes her a champion in waiting.

Lisa Trotter, standard class

Jenny Ganderton, Club Class

Kerrie Claffey, club class

Lisa Turner, class 18m

Jenny Thompson, class 18m

Jo Davis, Club Class

Terry cubeley

Terry Cubey is the Managing Director of the Gliding Federation of Australia and the captain of the Australian team. He brings a wealth of experience to the role of team captain, ensuring that the Australian women’s team has first-class support and the best possible chance of winning World Championship titles in three gliding classes. for Australia.

Terry is currently Co-Vice-Chairman of the FAI Gliding Commission as well as Vice-Chairman of the Air Sports Australia Confederation. He has represented Australia at seven world gliding championships and won numerous national championship titles. Terry has also served as captain of the Australian team at world championships around the world.

Terry is honored as a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his tireless efforts to promote the sport of gliding in Australia.

Photos and text courtesy of the Gliding Federation of Australia

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