Greg soars to victory

Greg Beecroft, from the Beverley Soaring Society, at the controls of his glider.
Greg Beecroft, from the Beverley Soaring Society, at the controls of his glider.

The competition was held from October 14 to 25 at Kingaroy in Queensland.

Greg Beecroft competed against a field of pilots from Australia, New Zealand and Europe, and finished ahead of the pack despite tough competition.

Each day, pilots were tasked with flying their gliders over a course that averaged 340km, using the available thermal air currents.

The goal was to complete the course in the fastest time to gain the maximum points.

Mr Beecroft won six days of competition, placed second on three days and was fourth on one occasion, enabling him to claim the championship.

He said the secret to his success was an enthusiasm and passion for cross-country gliding.

Mr Beecroft regularly coaches glider pilots in the skill of cross-country flying at the Beverley Soaring Society. The society also provides access to the public to learn the basics of gliding, with the aim of developing future cross-country champions.

To see where Greg Beecroft flies, visit www.beverley- soaring.org.au.