Australian Team for World Championship selected at Jerilderie Event

15 March - Media Release

A remote control glider event is set to reach new heights in Jerilderie this year.

The League of Silent Flight (LSF) will hold their annual Easter Scale Glider Rally from Friday 14 April to Monday 17 April at the Jerilderie Racecourse.

They will follow that up with a milestone 40th anniversary tournament over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.

The League of Silent Flight Australia Tournament started in Jerilderie in 1978.

LSF President Mike O’Reilly, who is from Adelaide, has only missed one thermal glider competition event in Jerilderie in that time.

“It’s been big from the word go. We had 40 compete in our first year, a few years back it peaked at 80, and this year we hope to see 60 or 70 entries,” he said.

“It’s the biggest thermal glider event in Australia and it’s a team selection trial this time so we choose the Australian team to go to the World F3J World Championships in 2018 in Romania.”

With competitors coming from near and far, Mr O’Reilly said, the Jerilderie Race Course was the perfect location.

“It’s a nice, big open space that is ideal for thermal activity,” he said.

“We find Jerilderie is a very, very nice place to fly. It’s a good-sized town that is centrally located and we are always made to feel welcome. Council has been incredibly supportive of us from the get go.”

Over the years the event has attracted international competitors from places like America and England, with this year no exception. 

Competitors will travel from as far afield as Brisbane, Western Australia and New Zealand to take part in the 2017 tournament.

Murrumbidgee Council General Manager Craig Moffitt congratulated event organisers.

“It’s a massive achievement for any group to reach a milestone such as this,” he said.

“It has been a real pleasure to see it grow in popularity and attract more visitors to our town each year.”