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The South African Gliding Team have just been ranked 2nd best in the world – this is the best result EVER achieved for Team SA!


Szeged, Hungary (08 August 2022) – South Africa has taken 2nd place at the 37th FAI World Gliding Championships 2022 – this is the best result EVER achieved for Team SA!

Gliding involves engineless aircraft that move by use of raising air known as thermals, which are caused by the sun heating the ground, which in turn heats the air above it; after locating a thermal, a glider pilot will circle within the area of rising air to gain height. Other types of rising air include ridge lift, mountain waves and convergences of different air masses.

37th FAI World Gliding Championships 2022
Photo Cred: Federation Aeronatique Internationale

International Championships are run all over the world – the World Gliding Championships are held every two years by the FAI Gliding Commission. This year the competition was held in Hungary.

Competing against the UK, Finland, Denmark and France, Team South Africa achieved 2nd place!

Official results below:

  1. France
  2. South Africa
  3. Italy
  4. Netherlands
  5. Germany
  6. Poland
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Austria
  9. Belgium
  10. United Kingdom

The next Championship will take place in August 2024 in Texas.

South African Gliding Team Ranked 2nd Best in The World!
Photo Cred: South African Gliding Team

Sources: Soaring Society of South Africa 
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