British Junior Team - Australia 2015

  • Matt Davis

    STANDARD CLASS

    Matt has been surrounded by the world of gliding from a very young age. His father, Andy, is a former double world champion, and will be joining Matt in Australia as the Team Captain.
    Having gone solo just after his 16th birthday, Matt is a double UK Junior National Champion and has come in the top 3 in ‘senior’ National competitions. One of Matt’s personal highlights was doing a 300km task on his first solo cross country flight.
    Matt now works at Deloitte after graduating from Loughborough University in 2012. This will be Matt’s third World Championships, after representing the team in Musbach in 2011 and Leszno in 2013. On both of those occasions Matt was flying in the Club Class, so he is very excited to make the jump across to the Standard Class in LS8 ‘M9’, which has been very kindly loaned to him by Will Chappel.
    When not flying, Matt is a big fan of other high adrenaline and competitive sports, and did a ski season in Meribel after graduation. You can always find him racing around a go kart track on a scrubbed day or setting off on a cycle ride.

  • Mike Gatfield

    STANDARD CLASS

    Mike started gliding as a 14 year old cadet working at his local club Booker and now has over 500 hours, much spent racing around Southern and mid England. He has spent 250 hours flying the ASW20 in which he won his first regional competition and enjoys chasing the tails of higher performance gliders when he can.
    Mike has recently graduated from Nottingham University and between weekends is a structural engineer at AECOM in St Albans. During the winter months, he also competes in the national leagues for kayaking and enjoys the thrill of whitewater paddling.
    The next World Championships will be Mike’s first and he is looking forward to the exciting opportunities and challenges of flying in Australia. He will be flying an LS8 in the standard class.

  • Tom Arscott

    CLUB CLASS

    Having experienced his first glider flight aged 12, Tom learnt to fly at the Surrey Hills Gliding Club, South London and soloed just after his 16th birthday. For him, nothing beats the challenge and adrenalin rush of cross country racing.
    Tom, 22, is currently in his final year of university, studying for a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. Having already completed his silver, Tom’s flying really took off when he joined the Imperial College Gliding Club, based at Lasham. He became Captain of the club for two years, flew his first competition in 2012 and has since flown the Juniors and Club Class National competitions, winning a few days along the way.
    When not flying cross-country, Tom is also an Assistant rated instructor and can usually be found teaching other university students to fly. Aside from gliding, he is a big fan of anything automotive and enjoys competing in the British University Karting Championships and restoring a classic Mini.
    His most memorable experience has to be winning a day at his first Nationals competition, closely followed by enduring 5 hours and 140 kms in a club K8 for his first cross country. Tom is going to be flying in the Club Class at the World Championships and can’t wait to get racing in Australia.

  • Sam Roddie

    CLUB CLASS
    Since his first flight in a glider with his Dad at the age of 5, Sam has always been around gliding and flew solo on his 16th birthday. Sam quickly caught the bug for competition flying and has been flying competitions since 2006. As well as cross country racing Sam also enjoys instructing which he has been doing since the age of 17 and is now an Assistant rated instructor. The Wolds Gliding Club at Pocklington is Sam’s main club but while studying at Loughborough University he was heavily involved with the university gliding club flying at Four Counties Gliding Club. Sam graduated from Loughborough in 2013 and now works as an engineer for Rolls-Royce in Derby.

    Sam flew the 2013 Junior Worlds in Leszno, Poland where he flew ASW 24 “524” in the club class. In 2015 Sam will again be flying the club class but this time in Matt & Andy Davis’ Std Cirrus “DDA” which they have kindly lent to him. Sam is really looking forward to the challenge of competing in the strong Australian conditions at international level.

  • Andy Davis

    TEAM CAPTAIN

    Andy Davis is a highly experienced and successful competition glider pilot with two individual World Championship titles to his name. He retired from international competition in 2006 but returned to the international scene in 2012 with a win in the South African Sailplane Grand Prix and then took the Silver medal in the Open Class at the 2014 World Gliding Championships in Poland.

    Andy is current British National Champion in the Open and 18 Metre Classes and will represent Great Britain at the 2015 European Gliding Championships in Hungary.

    He is one of the founder British Team Coaches and coached the British Junior Team throughout a period of outstanding medal success between the 1995 and 2005. Andy was awarded an MBE for Services to Gliding in 2005.

    All of Andy’s family are involved in gliding. His father Bill was a gliding instructor. His son Matt, competing in the Standard Class at JWGC 2015, has represented Great Britain at two previous Junior World Gliding Championships. Andy’s wife Pami crews for him at all his major gliding competitions.

    Andy retired as an airline pilot in June 2014 and now runs a small business. Pami and Andy live in Uley, Gloucestershire. When not gliding they like outdoor activities; skiing, running, gardening and walking in the hills around their home.

34th FAI WGC Benalla - 2017

  • Andy Davis

    Open Class

    Andy is a highly experienced and successful competition glider pilot with two individual World Championship titles to his name. He retired from international competition in 2006 but returned to the international scene in 2012 with a win in the South African Sailplane Grand Prix and then took the Silver medal in the Open Class at the 2014 World Gliding Championships in Poland.
    Bronze medal in the 18 metre class at the 2015 European Gliding Championships in Hungary and narrowly missed the podium with 4th place in the 2016 World Sailplanes Grand Prix series final in South Africa.

    Andy’s wife Pami crews for him at all his major gliding competitions.

  • Russell Cheetham

    Open Class

    Russell is a highly experienced and successful competition glider pilot with European Championship titles in both Open and 18 metre class.

    Russell's crew is Andy Smart who has crewed at numerous International Competitions including Texas, Poland and France. Andy used to race gliders but now prefers to dangle below a Duvet, sorry Paraglider.

  • Steve Jones

    18 Metre Class

    Steve’s first WGC was Omarama in 1995. He won the first ever 18m Class World Championships, which were held at Lillo, Spain 2001. At Leszno 2003, he took the Silver medal in 18m. He took the Silver medal in Open Class at Szeged, Hungary in 2010. At Räyskälä 2014, he finished in Gold position in 20m Two Seat Class, flying an Arcus with Howard Jones. He also flew at the WGCs in Sweden 2006 and Germany 2008. Steve has finished in the top eight positions in all of his WGCs. Of course, he has also flown many European Championships and British Nationals.

  • Mike Young

    18 Metre Class

    Mike started Gliding in 1980 at the age of 15 and flew his first National championships at 19. He flew his first International competition in 1995, Europeans, Finland. This will be Mike's 5th World Championships. Having already won a bronze and silver, he is hoping to complete the set!
    Mike was a crew at the 1987 World championships at Benalla and is looking forward to returning to fly this time around.
    Mike lives in the French Alps and enjoys cycling, ski touring, cross country skiing and hiking.

  • Max Kirschner

    TEAM CAPTAIN

    Max Kirschner is acting as the interface between the Organisation and the Team.
    Max has spent eleven British winters at Benalla between 2000 to 2012 and ended up being the mid week manager of the Gliding club. The local knowledge gained over the years will be useful to the team.

  • Derren Francis

    15 Metre Class
    Derren started gliding at the Portsmouth Navel Gliding Club when he was 15 and went solo on his 16th birthday.
    He is an experienced competition pilot has been UK National Gliding Champion 3 times.
    Derren will be flying a Ventus 2a in the 15m class in Benalla

  • Ed Johnston

    15 Metre Class

    Ed Johnston flies from the London Gliding Club at Dunstable. He has flown in 41 British nationals. He won the 15 metre class in 2015, but rates his win in the 2007 UK Open class in the 18m ASG 29 as his best result to date. Ed’s first European Championships were at Lusse, Germany in 2000, Quickly followed by his first World Championships flying the 15 metre class in Mafigkeng in South Africa in 2001.

    Further 5th places in Europeans Championships in the open class in 2009 and 18 metre class in 2011, makes Ed an all round competitor.

World Championship Team - Lithuania 2016

  • Jez Hood

    STANDARD CLASS

    Jez is flying his LS8 in the Standard Class at the World Championships in Lithuania this summer, team flying with his brother, Rich.

    Jez loves the varied adventures and challenges of racing in difficult and changable conditions, which can often be prevalent in Lithuania.

    Jez flies at Lasham Gliding Club and is a seasoned member of the Great British Gliding Team, having competed regularly for GB since 1999.

  • Rich Hood

    STANDARD CLASS

    Rich started gliding in 1991, following in the footsteps of his father who is also a glider pilot and former member of the British Team. He flew his first gliding competition in New Zealand in 1996 and competed in his first UK National Championship in 1998.

    Rich won his first competition in 1999 winning the UK Club Class Nationals at Nympsfield in Gloucestershire. He first represented Great Britain at the inaugural Club Class World Championship held in Australia in 2001 - finishing second to his team mate Pete Masson. Rich has gone on to represent his country six times at international level in both Club and Standard Class competitions, winning two silver medals in the process. He has won six UK National Championships, four in the Club Class and twice in Standard Class.

    Rich in his own words: "I have flown in some of the most awesome parts of the world for gliding: New Zealand, Australia and South Africa but the most challenging and enjoyable flying I've done is in the French Alps where I've been lucky enough to have flown a World Championships. The mountains are the most beautiful place on earth when you're above them and the most terrifying when you're below the peaks.
    I enjoy competition gliding because I love the basic desire I have to win and beat my peers. It's such an amazingly challenging environment, especially when you're flying against the best in the world, so that when you do well or win it's the greatest feeling. Having said that, win or lose it's never a bad day when you're doing 400km at 120km/h without an engine"

    Rich is an IT Project Manager and lives in Surrey with his wife and their two daughters.

  • G Dale

    CLUB CLASS

    G Dale learned to fly at age 20 with the Dorset gliding club, going professional ten years later. He's worked with Lasham, Bristol and Gloucester, the British Gliding Association, Booker gliding club, Lake Keepit and out of Minden until finally discovering the mountains of New Zealand and starting to coach for Glide Omarama. Currently following the endless summer, working in New Zealand, at Lasham, and occasionally in Australia, he's also flying, racing and coaching as often as possible in other places. Having previously flown three internationals, this year he’s flying his much loved Striefenader - modified Libelle 201 with the GB club class team.

  • Will Ellis

    CLUB CLASS

    Will had his first flight in a glider at age 19, and was instantly hooked. He went solo in August 2004 (age 20) at Essex and Suffolk GC, completing his Silver the following year. Will’s first foray into competitions was the Junior Nationals 2006, where he entered in a club K6e having turned down the Astir! He has now flown 17 competitions (7 wins, 3 second place), and following a string of top 10 finishes and day wins at the Club Class Nationals, finally pulled it out of the bag in 2015 to take his first overall win at a senior level Nationals.
    Will currently flies his Hornet but most of the highlights of his gliding career happened in his K6e ‘638’ which he sadly no longer owns. These include a mad wave climb to 22000’ at Aboyne, an OLC 690km flight out of Le Blanc on an average day, and winning the last day at the 2013 Club Class (510km at 102.8kph), all in 638. Will has 1500hrs gliding and 400hrs power. He has flown in several different countries around the world but is really looking forward to flying in Lithuania, particularly with G and Tom.
    After a variety of different jobs, Will now runs his own business. He lives in Dorset, and when he isn’t flying (or working) he enjoys sailing a B14 dinghy that he shares with his partner Susie.

  • Tom Arscott

    CLUB CLASS

    Having experienced his first glider flight aged 12, Tom learnt to fly at the Surrey Hills Gliding Club, South London and soloed just after his 16th birthday. For him, nothing beats the challenge and adrenalin rush of cross country racing.
    Tom, 22, is currently in his final year of university, studying for a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London. Having already completed his silver, Tom’s flying really took off when he joined the Imperial College Gliding Club, based at Lasham. He became Captain of the club for two years, flew his first competition in 2012 and has since flown the Juniors and Club Class National competitions, winning a few days along the way.
    When not flying cross-country, Tom is also an Assistant rated instructor and can usually be found teaching other university students to fly. Aside from gliding, he is a big fan of anything automotive and enjoys competing in the British University Karting Championships and restoring a classic Mini.

  • Howard Jones

    20M 2 SEATER CLASS

    Howard Jones first flew in a glider as a three year old, when he and his brother Steve squeezed into a two seat Capstan with their Father in France.

    Born into the UK's foremost gliding dynasty, it is not surprising that Howard graduated into the league of top UK competition pilots. Gliding is a family affair for the 44 year-old graphic designer, their late father Ralph Jones was eight times National Gliding Champion and a member of the British team on a regular basis. Howard's older brothers Phil and Steve Jones have both secured World Championship wins in the past.

    As well as being a Graphic designer, Artist & Aircraft Engineer, Howard works on various projects

    Howard, of Bristol, fly's from Lasham Gliding Society and will be competing with his Brother in a Schempp-Hirth Arcus. The pair will be defending their World Title won two years ago in Finland. Howard has also been the British Standard Class Champion and is representing Great Britain for the eighth time.

    'I went Solo as a teenager but I really wasn’t that interested, it seemed everyone who told me what to do was gliding. I decided surfing seemed like a much better occupation – and that’s pretty much what I did for fun for ten years,' he said. 'After crewing for my brother Steve at the Gliding World Championships in New Zealand in 1995 I realised I couldn’t bear to watch people compete – I was itching to do it myself. I vowed I would start gliding again at the next opportunity, at 25 I entered the British Junior nationals for the first (and last) time'.

    Howard and his brother will be supported by their crew Max Kirschner in Lithuania. Max has crewed at many international competitions and will prove invaluable as ever.

  • Lemmy Tanner

    TEAM CAPTAIN

    Lemmy joins the British Team as Team Captain this summer.

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