Cou­ple aim for aer­o­batic crown

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by TOM HER­BERT tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

A HUS­BAND and wife team from Denham will take to the skies to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain in a Europe-wide aer­o­batic com­pe­ti­tion.

Mike and Emily Col­let have been se­lected to rep­re­sent Team GB at the Euro­pean Ad­vanced Aer­o­batic Cham­pi­onship, which takes place in the Czech Repub­lic from Satur­day (Au­gust 5) to Au­gust 13.

They flew their Cap232 com­pe­ti­tion air­craft, which is based at White Waltham Air­field, Maiden­head, from Bucks to the cham­pi­onship ear­lier this week and will be leav­ing all af­fa­bil­ity in Eng­land as they both fight for in­di­vid­ual suc­cess.

Emily, 33, is a pre­vi­ous aer­o­bat­ics cham­pion hav­ing won the Bri­tish Ad­vanced Aer­o­bat­ics in 2016, a com­pe­ti­tion in which Mike, a na­tional ti­tle win­ner at In­ter­me­di­ate level in 2015, came sec­ond. And the pair will be us­ing this com­pe­ti­tion, which takes place in Chote­bor and fea­tures 60 of the top Euro­pean aer­o­batic pilots com­pete for the ti­tle, as part of their prepa­ra­tions for the World Ad­vanced Aer­o­batic Cham­pi­onships next year.

Emily, who met her 32-yearold hus­band while he was a glid­ing in­struc­tor at Wy­combe Air Park, said: “It’s quite daunt­ing. There’s go­ing to be lots and of con­tes­tants. We’re hop­ing it’s some­thing that we can build on for next year.”

She added: “It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing but we have to con­cen­trate and fo­cus now.

“It’s quite ex­haust­ing but it’s quite good fun too. It will be good to meet some of our fel­low com­peti­tors.”

Fly­ing as part of the Bri­tish Aer­o­bat­ics Team, the pair were due to travel out on Satur­day (July 29) but the ap­palling sum­mer weather put a stop to their plans.

Hail­ing the equal na­ture of the sport Emily added: “It’s one of the few sports that men and women com­pete on a level play­ing field.”

The duo will be spon­sored by Air To­tal, Ul­ti­mate Aer­o­bat­ics’ new part­ner, who will be sup­port­ing the com­pet­i­tive cou­ple lead­ing up to the 2018 cham­pi­onships.

Mike and Emily Col­let

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