Glider pilot takes fun, winning to new level
Flying is in Adam’s blood
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.
WORLD CLASS: Former Biloela resident Adam Woolley has represented Australia in the sky.