Devon and Somerset Gliding Club awards prove a big hit

The 2018 Devon and Somerset Gliding Club award winners. Picture ROBERT H LEE

The 2018 Devon and Somerset Gliding Club award winners. Picture ROBERT H LEE - Credit: Archant

Cross-country flying lately for members of the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club has been limited to the simulator, but training flights continue on any reasonable day, writes Jill Harmer.

The annual presentation of trophies followed the annual general meeting that was held on Saturday evening at the club.

The awards this year have been shared out amongst several members of the club. These include Pete Startup from Ottery St Mary, Tom Sides from Ipplepen, Ron and Dan Johns from Gunnislake, Rowan Smith from Exeter, Phil Morrison from Exmouth, Nick Jones from Hemyock and John Pursey from Plymouth, for some great flights from North Hill and on Club expeditions and competitions.

Thirteen-year-old Dan Hender from Cullompton was awarded the best junior and Andy Davey from Exeter the Norman Whyte trophy, for best progress.

Tom Sides from Ipplepen was awarded the Wily Old Bird Trophy, and Rob Rand from Starcross was commended for entering his first flight on the cross-country ladder.

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Jill Harmer from Cruwys Morchard was awarded the best volunteer worker at the club by a members online poll.

Another online poll by the members was awarded for the best instructor of the year, and Pete Harmer from Cruwys Morchard, won this for his calm and reassuring approach.

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