Glider pilot takes fun, win­ning to new level

Fly­ing is in Adam’s blood

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Clau­dia Wil­liams Clau­dia. Wil­liams @south­bur­nett­times.com.au

Adam Wool­ley is no stranger to the skies, and this week he nav­i­gated the skies of the Bur­nett re­gion com­pet­ing in the Queens­land glid­ing cham­pi­onships.

Glid­ing is in his blood and he ad­mits that he had no other choice but to get in­volved.

He had his first flight at age four fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of his grand­fa­ther and fa­ther.

“I went solo at the youngest age you can, 15,” he said.

“It is be­fore you can drive a car so it is a won­der­ful re­spon­si­bil­ity and cool thing you can do as a kid,” Mr Wool­ley said.

The boy from Biloela is grate­ful that he has had the op­por­tu­nity to grow up with the sport and with the sup­port of his home club, Kin­garoy Soaring Club.

“It is a great at­mos­phere out here, there is lots of peo­ple to guide you through life,” Mr Wool­ley said.

The sport has taken Mr Wool­ley across the world rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia at the world cham­pi­onships in Poland, Czech Repub­lic, Fin­land, Lithua­nia and the United King­dom.

They are con­tested over two weeks with pi­lots tak­ing on two to five hour tasks.

Wool­ley recorded his best re­sult this year in Poland in his 50 me­tre wing glider.

“I came eighth out of 37 which is my best ever per­for­mance and I am very proud of that,” he said.

He has com­peted on the world stage twice this year also tak­ing tak­ing to the sky in Czech Repub­lic in his fa­ther’s 80 me­tre schempp-hirth venus-3, the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of glider.

“The 50 me­tre glider is like a race car and the new gen­er­a­tion glider can do that also but can just go a lot fur­ther and faster and it is great fun to fly,” he said.

“I came 21st out of 47 and for the first seven days I was in the top 10 but I made a crit­i­cal er­ror and dropped down the stand­ings.”

When rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try Mr Wool­ley is in it to win it but com­pet­ing in the Queens­land cham­pi­onships this week in Kin­garoy is all about hav­ing fun with his mates.

“For me it is fun and I don't have to worry about the re­sults but when I am rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia ev­ery­thing is very for­mal and cal­cu­lated be­cause we are spend­ing time, money and our life do­ing it and this is very fun,” Mr Wool­ley said.

“We have got great land, the South Bur­nett is fan­tas­tic for glid­ing,” he said.

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA WIL­LIAMS

WORLD CLASS: For­mer Biloela res­i­dent Adam Wool­ley has rep­re­sented Aus­tralia in the sky.

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