Gliders put town on the map

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
The Junior World Gliding Championships in Hungary.
Camera IconThe Junior World Gliding Championships in Hungary.

Narrogin’s young gliders have become WA’s first ever contenders at the Junior World Gliding Championships.

Eighteen-year-old Narrogin Gliding Club members JoshGeerlings and Michael Keller joined two other gliders from the Eastern States in representing Australia at the championships in Hungary.

Narrogin Gliding Club vice-president Alistair Nicolson said he was delighted the young pair had put Narrogin on the global gliding map.

“We’re extremely proud to have the boys compete out there, especially since we’ve never had anyone compete from WA before,” he said.

“And also just the fact that they’re so young and self-funded a lot of the trip.”

The competition lasted for 14 days, with gliders being set different daily tasks, primarily aiming to fly the furthest and fastest, according to Nicolson. Keller said he had been gliding since he was 13, taking his first solo flight at the age of 15.

He said the competition was a fantastic and invaluable experience.

“We’ve definitely learned a lot because flying in Europe is quite a bit different to what we’re used to,” he said.

“If I got the chance, I’d love to go and do it again.”

Overall, Keller finished 40th out of the 44 in his class, and Geerlings was 31st out of the 36 in his class.

The Aussie gliding team included an inflatable roo named ‘Skippy’.
Camera IconThe Aussie gliding team included an inflatable roo named ‘Skippy’. Credit: Narrogin Gliding Club

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