Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Gliding in Paradise for 40 Years

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Gliding in Paradise for 40 Years

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Byline: Alison Paterson Alison.Paterson@northernstar.com.au

FOR decades, hang-glider pilots have been wafting in the thermals and enjoying the magnificent panorama around Byron Bay and Lennox Head.

Resembling enormous, brilliant butterflies, hang- gliders - and more recently paragliders - are a common sight in the air along the North Coast.

Now the Northern Rivers Hang Gliding and Para- gliding Club is celebrating 40 years in the sky.

According to senior safety officer Jan Smith, the club is flourishing with more than 70 members, including seven women.

"We have such a rich history of flying in the Northern Rivers area," she said.

"Our club has maintained a strong culture of caring for each other and the sites we fly, mentoring new pilots and decorating the sky with amazing colourful wings."

Ms Smith said many of the club's members have won state, national and international titles.

"Member Che Golus (now in Newcastle) has been selected for the Red Bull X-Alps in 2017, he's one of 30 competitors and two Australians," she said. …

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