03 Jan 2020

10th FAI Women’s World Gliding Championship in Australia

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

Forty five women pilots from ten countries compete in three classes of glider, racing over 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 includes three pilots in each of three classes of competition – Club, Standard and 18m.

The team includes pilots with experience in World Gliding Championships over many years as well as young upcoming stars, all with excellent gliding skills and experience at the highest levels.

It is certain that the Aussie team will be pushing hard for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and take full advantage of their home ground advantage.

The team members are:

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

Ailsa McMillan, 18m Class

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

Terry Cubley, Executive Officer of the GFA, said, “Ailsa is Australia's number one female and Junior pilot at this championships. The pilots she competed against in the Czech Republic are the best in the world but Ailsa, who was just 23 years old at that time, showed that she can compete with them on equal footing. She has demonstrated that she will quickly become a force to be reckoned with. Ailsa is very good tactically as well as a skilful pilot, which makes her a champion in waiting.”

Lisa Trotter, Standard Class

Jenny Ganderton, Club Class

Kerrie Claffey, Club Class

Lisa Turner, 18m Class

Jenny Thompson, 18m Class

Jo Davis, Club Class

Terry Cubley

Terry Cubley is the Executive Officer of the Gliding Federation of Australia and the Australian Team Captain. He brings a great deal of experience to the role of Team Captain, ensuring that the Australian Women’s Team will have first class support and the best chance possible of bringing home the World Championships titles in three classes of gliding for Australia.

Terry is currently the Co-Vice President of the FAI Gliding Commission as well as Vice President of the Air Sports Australia Confederation. He has represented Australia at seven World Gliding Championships and won numerous National Championship titles. Terry has also fulfilled the role of Australian Team Captain at World Championships across the globe.

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

Pictures and text courtesy of the Gliding Federation of Australia