World Games 2013 athlete's profile: Matjaz Feraric (SLO)

Name Matjaz FERARIC FERARIC Matjaz
Sport Accuracy Landing
Gender M
Ranking 3
Nationality SLO
Year of birth 1961

Experience over 10,000 flights
Best achievement in competition World Champion

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What do you hope to achieve at The World Games?

To win!

What does air sport mean to you?

This is my life!

What plans do you have for after The World Games?

Finish the World Cup 2013

More about the athlete

At 51 years old, Matjaz Feraric from Slovenia is a  veteran champion in Paragliding Accuracy, having competed in every FAI World and European Championship event since they began in 2000. His is a familiar face on the podium of national and international competitions worldwide, demonstrating consistent performance across varying conditions and terrain.
Matjaz has twice been FAI World PG Accuracy Champion.  His first gold medal was awarded in 2003, on his home ground in Slovenia, and he won again in 2007 when the World Championships took place in winter, on a frozen lake in Trakai, Lithuania. He was the first FAI European Paragliding Accuracy Champion in Serbia in 2008.  
He came third in the World Air Games in 2009, totally undaunted by landing on the raft floating on the lake in Avigliana, near Torino.  He has won the annual Paragliding Accuracy World Cup series four times, in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
He is currently third in the FAI's World Pilot Ranking Scheme, only once slipping out of the top 3 in the 12 years since the discipline was first adopted by FAI.
Matjaz claims to be married to the sport of Paragliding Accuracy! "Paragliding has been my family for more than 20years," he said.  He sees Paragliding Accuracy as an eternal challenge: to reach that yellow dot on the target that represents the dead centre.  Matjaz has been a major contributor towards expanding the sport, being a founder member of the Paragliding Accuracy World Cup Committee, which now runs six events a year around the world.  "I want to see more top pilots try this sport," he said.  "It's harder than it looks, and takes some very careful decision making." 
He is looking forward to competing in The World Games in Cali, up against old rivals and new.