BRITISH GLIDING is celebrating the news that the UK has been chosen to host the Women’s World Gliding Championships in 2021.

The British Gliding Association bid beat off competition from rival nations and will now host the 11th WWGC in three years’ time.

Chairman of the British Gliding Association, Andy Perkins, plans to use the event to showcase how aviation is accessible to women as a sport and as a career in the flightdeck.

Mr Perkins, a senior first officer with British Airways who trains 777 pilots, said it is great news for gliding: “We are excited that the International Gliding Commission has recognised our bid and we are delighted that our passionate focus to bring the Women’s World Championships to the UK has paid off.

“The decision to award the championships to the UK reflects positively on the drive and determination of our pilots to engage and encourage participation by women in the sport of gliding.

“Britain was a pioneering nation for all of aviation and we can’t wait to welcome the world’s best women pilots from around the globe to compete in this prestigious international event.”

The announcement means that in August 2021 around 100 of the world’s top female pilots will race each other over two weeks from The Gliding Centre at Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, to decide the Women’s World Champion.

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