The 21st World Hang Gliding Championships, Brasilia Brazil 2017
- $3,471.00 donated
- 31 generous donors
Help support our New Zealand Hang Gliding team to the World Hang Gliding Championships, Brasilia 6th - 19th August 2017
Our New Zealand Hang Gliding Team
Our dream is to compete and represent New Zealand at the Hang Gliding Worlds this August in Brasilia, Brazil. We want to show the rest of the world that our New Zealand pilots are not just competitive, we are among the World's best pilots. Our country is full of champions on the water, land and in the sky.
We have something to prove, We will be competing against the best 150 pilots in the world, we would really love you to become a small but important part of our Flying Team by giving a little, and most importantly sharing this link, as this is how "give a little" works.
3 Pilots and 1 Manager will be representing New Zealand at this years Worlds, As you can imagine competing and transporting hang gliders halfway around the globe is ambitious and very expensive, up to $2000 per gilder.
One of the team is driving 3000 kilometers each way from Chile with his glider and support vehicle so we can have access to an all terrain pick up vehicle for our pilots each day.
Here is a link to an article written about us by Otago Daily Times: https://www.odt.co.nz/sport/other-sport/sky-limit-nz-side
-Meet Our Team-
"Resident daredevil and all round nice guy".
1st NZ Nationals for the past 3 years. John also holds the New Zealand distance solo record of 202 kilometers. John has come 2nd at the World Speed Run in Greece and 2nd in the Red Ball Speed Run in Kitzbuhel, Austria. John is more than capable of winning races.
"The Godfather of NZ hang gliding"
Hagen will be managing the New Zealand team.
Hagen has come 2nd in the last two NZ Nationals, As well as managing the team he will be supporting his son Jonas in his goal of winning the Worlds.
Hagen's experience in international competition will be very valuable.
"The youngest and incredibly promising member of the team".
At 23 yrs of age, Jonas gained 25th place at the Worlds in Mexico in 2015. Jonas has a very long list of international races under his belt in his build up to become world champion. Jonas is a hugely capable pilot and will be striving to take the lead.
"The final member and a goal to push hang gliding to its limits".
Derek brings a huge history of experience and achievement in elite sport, from being our NZ National Pole Vault Champion, Commonwealth Games representative, to taking up hang gliding 7 years ago to now wining the NZ Classics competition this year.
Two of the above pilots are qualified instructors, we give our time passionately and freely to the sport and are more than happy to help guild anyone that is willing to learn how to soar like a bird.
We would like to thank the Canterbury Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club for helping with cost towards our entry fee. Also the New Zealand Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. You can check out their site www.nzhgpa.org.nz, or click the link on the right of this page if you would like to learn one day to soar like a bird, This site has links to local club instructors.
The New Zealand Team all know each other really well, All funds will be shared to cover cost.
Please share this post with as many friends as you can. Finally thankyou again for any support you have given. Derek, John, Hagen, Jonas.
All money received will be used by the NZ Team members to help cover entrance fees, air tickets, accommodation, food, travel, insurance, and very importantly the transport of hang gliders and equipment, parts and breakages. Transporting hang gliders is very expensive.
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I Derek Mckee am one of the 3 pilots competing.
Hang gliding in New Zealand is an amazing sport that I feel honourd, humbled, and excited to be involved in.
It is very costly to travel to international compititions, It is very important we gain international competition.
All funds raised benefit:
World Hang Gliding Championships Brazilia 2017
Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Derek Mckee on behalf of World Hang Gliding Championships Brazilia 2017.
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