What is Women Gliding?
We came into this world as an idea by the British Team during the Women’s World Gliding Championship in Germany in 2005. The aim was to encourage more women into gliding, and into competition gliding and the National Team.
Currently only approx. 3–7% of glider pilots are women, even though gliding requires no physical strength. It should not in any way be exclusive, yet the environment is still very male.
Since the idea was first conceived Women Gliding has helped several women progress with their gliding up to National Team level, we’ve organised coaching weeks, winter development days, weekend “compettes”.
Thanks to kind benefactors we’ve been able to lend gliders to women for a season, and we’ve raised the profile of female pilots in gliding.
Our aims are still the same: We want to encourage women to take up gliding, and we’re a community for anyone who identifies as a woman in gliding. We want to encourage you, support you, coach you, inform you, meet up and build a strong network!
Gliding gave me a reason to look up at the sky and take notice of the clouds, the wind etc.When I was a teenager learning to fly it was time spent with my Dad at the airfield and flying together which is very precious as he is no longer around. Now it gives me a sense of achievement as there are constantly new goals to reach for. Also, when flying I just think about flying, no time to dwell or ruminate on troubles elsewhere in life!!!