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John Orton in his ASG29

Photos John Absolon

The Club and Sports Class Nationals at Kingaroy were preceeded by the Queensland State championships. There were two flying weeks with good tasks and high speeds.
Four members of the Australian Gliding team - Bruce Taylor, Greg Beecroft, Adam Woolley and Tobi Geiger - all competed. It was a perfect practise period in the lead up to WGC Narromine a few weeks later.

Mak Ichikawa, who flew for Japan at WGC Narromine, was also at the comp taking 3rd place in 15m Class.

The fastest speed achieved was 152.77 kph over a distance of 465.41km by Bruce Taylor. The next day he flew 150.78 kph over 545.74km. The weather for the whole week was strong and provided some terrific spring flying for the pilots from New South Wales and Victoria.


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Ray Stewart in his JS3 18m

2023 Club and Sports Class Nationals Kingaroy
9 - 15 October 2023

Sports 15m Class
1 Adam Woolley Kingaroy SC Ventus 3TS 6,690
2 Bruce Taylor Lake Keepit SC LS8 6,462
3 Mak Ichikawa Temora GC LS8 6,450

Sports Open Class
1 Ray Stewart Kingaroy SC JS3 18 6,638
2 Georgeson/Driscoll Kingaroy SC Nimbus 4DM 6,497
3 David Jansen Kingaroy SC Ventus 3 MP 6,084

Club Class
1 Jim Crowhurst Kingaroy SC ASW20 6,760
2 Jo Davis Darling Downs SC ASW20 6,121
3 Michael Strathern Nelson Lake GC ASW20 6,027

Full results at

Podium Club

Club Class winners Jim Crowhurst, Jo Davis and Michael Strathern

Podium Jansen

Sports Open Class winners Andrew Georgeson & Ryan Driscoll, Ray Stewart, David Jansen