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Teenager becomes world's youngest gliding contestant

PUBLISHED: 14:36 11 June 2012 | UPDATED: 14:15 10 October 2012

Teenager becomes world's youngest gliding contestant

Teenager becomes world's youngest gliding contestant

A 13 year-old boy has become the youngest person in the world to compete in a national aerobatics contest.

A 13 year-old boy has become the youngest person in the world to compete in a national aerobatics contest.

Robbie Rizk won the beginners class of the UK National Glider Aerobatic Contest - which was held at Buckminster Gliding Club (Lincolnshire) on 25-27 May - with a score of 82.6 per cent.

He also gained the highest score in the competition for his positioning, finesse and accurately flown manoeuvres in an ASK-21 glider.

The teenager had to take to the air with a safety pilot as he is not yet old enough to fly solo – the legal minimum age being 16.

Rizk was introduced to gliding at the age of 11 by his father, George, who is an instructor with Buckminster Gliding Club.

One of the 13 year-old’s instructors said: “Robbie is a natural pilot and shows the flair and skill that is normally seen in much more experienced pilots. He is destined to go far and could well be future ‘Red Arrows’ potential.”

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