Gliding Club hands out annual awards

Trophy winners at the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club awards

Trophy winners at the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club awards - Credit: Archant

The annual presentation of trophies followed the AGM on Saturday evening at Devon and Somerset Gliding Club, writes Jill Harmer.

The leading cross-country pilots of the club, Pete Startup from Ottery St Mary and Matt Wright from Washford, took several of the awards for some great flights from North Hill and on club expeditions.

Liam Vile from Exeter University was congratulated for continuing to find good fields to land in.

Pete Bennett from Yeovil was awarded the best junior award and the Norman Whyte trophy for best progress having completed his silver badge and become the youngest basic instructor in the country at just 16-years of age!

Pete Startup and William Pope from Dunkeswell were jointly awarded the best volunteer workers at the club, although there were another four members who came in joint runners-up.

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The Dick Wolff Trophy was given in memory of Dick Wolff from Torquay who gave a lot of his time to the club, and was voted for by the members.

Another on-line poll by the members was awarded for the best Instructor of the Year, and Pete Harmer from Cruwys Morchard has now won this for five consecutive years.

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