Prizes being laid out for the Closing Ceremony

Gliding Championships 2015 – A Crew Perspective (Closing Ceremony and Last Post)

Sunday 12 December 2015:

Closing Ceremony

After a nice Sunday morning bacon and egg breakfast with the Hardings we trundled over to the airfield. Actually, to be accurate, Jess had to leave earlier as she had lots of preparations to do. Prizes needed to be labelled and sorted, FAI Diplomas printed (with correct spelling of all the names)…

At the airfield the atmosphere was nice and relaxed. I’m sure that quite a few were handicapped by hangovers from the party last night.

Image JWGC2015 Assembling for the Closing Ceremony

Assembling for the Closing Ceremony (with a Canadian in our midst)

The event was a fairly relaxed affair with teams loosely grouped together but feeling free to mingle a bit with their new friends and acquaintances.

Image JWGC2015 Aussie Team before Closing Ceremony

Aussie Team chatting before the Closing Ceremony


Image JWGC2015 Teams at Closing Ceremony

Teams loosely lined up during Closing Ceremony

Then came the big moments on the podium with flags and national anthems. We have a World Champion and it was great to have been part of the team that contributed to getting him there.

Image JWGC2015 Standard Class Winners

Standard Class Winners – Our new World Champion!


Image JWGC2015 Club Class Winners

Club Class Winners


Image JWGC2015 Team Cup 4th

Up there with the Best

Whilst some of our expectations have certainly been higher – especially after the boys’ performance at the Nationals – we can be mighty proud of these achievements. This was a test against the best in the world and every team had high expectations. Our team has done extremely well with all of our pilots achieving scores that we can be proud of.

There are so many people to thank who have helped to make this happen, too many to name here individually so I won’t.

Was it all worth it?

You bet it was!!

The experience to be part of a successful world level sporting team, the atmosphere at the event and making so many new friends and acquaintances from all over the world is priceless.

Image JWGC2015 Discarded Country Signs

The End



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