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British Junior Gliding Team triumph in Australia

PUBLISHED: 16:51 14 December 2015 | UPDATED: 16:52 14 December 2015

The British Junior Gliding Team. Photo: British Gliding Association

The British Junior Gliding Team. Photo: British Gliding Association


The British Junior Gliding Team collected three medals at the Junior World Championships prize giving ceremony on Sunday.

Gold medal winner Tom Arscott. Photo: British Gliding AssociationGold medal winner Tom Arscott. Photo: British Gliding Association

Tom Arscott became the new Junior World Champion in the Club Class and team mate Sam Roddie secured the Bronze in what was a truly inspiring performance on the final day of the competition. They showed incredible tactical awareness that gave them the edge against the German team and finished the three hour AAT in a significantly faster time.

Writing to fans on the British Gliding Association’s website, team captain Andy Davis stated: ‘I can’t sign off as Team Captain without thanking everybody for all their hard work. It’s not just about the pilots although they get the glory. It’s about the whole team effort – pilots co-operating together, our hard working crews, our wonderful sponsors, our supporters, Team captain and Coach. Thank you everybody for what – working together – we have achieved. We have done British Gliding proud’.

Tom Landing. Photo: British Gliding AssociationTom Landing. Photo: British Gliding Association

After a brief pause for the prize giving ceremony the team’s gliders were secured on the container ready for the long trip back the UK. The team will now go their separate ways for a well deserved rest over the Christmas period.

British pilots have a fantastic record in world gliding championships. At the last world championships, the British team won the overall team trophy with brothers Steve and Howard Jones winning the 20m Multi-Seat class. In total, since 2000, UK pilots have won nearly thirty world championship medals and sixteen European Championship medals.

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