Joeyglide gives flyers national exposure

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Josh Geerlings.
Camera IconJosh Geerlings. Credit: Annamaria Cream

For many residents of Narrogin and surrounding areas, the existence of an airfield close to town comes as a surprise.

For two young pilots however, the Narrogin Gliding Club has been the epicentre of their flying dream which culminated recently with their participation in the Australian Junior National Gliding Competition in South Australia.

Michael Keller and Joshua Geerlings, along with their support crews, drove across the Nullarbor , a 6000km round trip with gliders in tow, to compete in “Joeyglide”, the Australian Junior National Competition.

Josh won the Sports class and Michael finished second in the Club class. Their combined performances also ensured a win for the State.

WA now hold for the first time in junior gliding history, the State Junior Trophy.

Michael is hoping to be offered a spot in the Australian team to fly in July in Hungary at the Junior World Gliding Championships .

Joshua who is not an Australian citizen yet is hoping for his permanent residency so he too, would then be eligible to represent Australia in Hungary.

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