ROLE OF THE COMMITTEE
The Australian Junior Gliding Club Committee is the official team behind all junior Gliding development and promotional activities in Australia.
The committee is a voluntary group of eleven members who take care of the affairs of the Club. Each individual is nominated and elected by the AJGC’s members at the Annual General Meeting, usually held at JoeyGlide.
The executive works behind the scenes all year round on various different projects. The executive’s main roles are to manage the club’s fleet and finances, help it’s members to achieve their soaring goals by providing contacts and networking opportunities, organising events, providing financial support, and working to promote and develop junior soaring in any other form.
The AJGC is here to voice your needs and opinions as an junior pilot in the Australian Gliding community.
Of the eleven members, four make up the Executive, three are Ordinary members and four are State representatives. The Executive consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The President is the face of the organisation, main point of contact and oversees all projects, delegating accordingly. The Vice President is the second point of contact and main advisor. The Treasurer takes care of funding, accounts and financial affairs. The Secretary looks after all the records and administration of the Club. The role of the Ordinary Members is to provide council and ensure that the committee is not biased by providing views of the members at large. The role of the State representatives is to sit on their respective regional boards to form a link between the regions and the AJGC. They are also required to run 'local series' events to attract and engage new and existing juniors in each state.
PRESIDENT – MICHAEL KELLER (WA)
Michael made the trip from his hometown of Northcliffe (WA) across continental Australia to attend his first JoeyGlide in January 2018 at Narromine, NSW. In July 2019, Michael represented Australia at the 11th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships in Szeged, Hungary. He is also the JoeyGlide in-house competition scorer, so if you want your trace scored any time before midnight, it's generally a good idea to leave a nice tie-down spot for the fastest Ventus in the west.
VICE PRESIDENT - RYAN DRISCOLL (VIC)
"Inverted" as his nickname suggests, Ryan loves being upside down in gliders! He joined the AJGC in 2019 and after success in 2020 as Victorian State Rep, he was elected into the executive team in 2021 making sure he provided a strong case to hold JoeyGlide 2022 at his home club...which worked. With a smile that never leaves his face, "inverted" brings a wealth of gliding experience to the committee. If you need IT support, get in touch with Ryan - you'll often find him cutting out and buffering in online meetings and zoom calls.
TREASURER - BELEN SWART (SA)
"Swatty" became a member of the AJGC after she attended her first JoeyGlide in 2018, which we so graciously located in her home state of SA. Belen joined her family at a young age flying gliders - perhaps the only interesting activity that you can be involved with in SA. "Swatts" has also been the SA state representative on the committee, stepping onto the executive for the first time in 2021. She enjoys long walks on the beach and misspelling her name on entry forms.
SECRETARY – AIDAN CURTIS (QLD)
"Hollywood" was introduced to gliding clubs in 2014 and has since spent time flying in the Torres Straits. He has been a member of the AJGC for two years after he attended JoeyGlide 2019, where he willingly subjected himself to being in front of the camera everyday (hence the nickname). After a year tenure as ordinary member in 2020, he steps into the secretary role for 2021. Aidan enjoys having the cleanest glider on the grid, however it usually goes to waste after outlanding on the first day of a comp.
ORDINARY MEMBER – MITCHELL TURNER (QLD)
Mitch attended his first JoeyGlide in 2014 at Narromine as a coachee, and has competed in every JoeyGlide until 2019. He entered on to the AJGC Executive in 2016, and while his role has changed, he has contributed each year. Mitch is a working commercial pilot, where his day-to-day consists of flying light aircraft around a cattle property! You'll often see him having a laugh with whoever he can on the grid, but most likely in a field 15km down task.
ORDINARY MEMBER – LILLI GOULD (QLD)
In her first year on the committee in 2021, Lilli brings great positivity and experience to her role. An AJGC member since 2019, she bought a contingent of DDSC competitors with her to attend JoeyGlide at Kingaroy. Now studying in Brisbane after moving from the thriving metropolis of Dalby, she still stays very active in her gliding. If you ever need to find Lilli on an airfield, look out for the red "Make Gliding Great Again" hat and a big smile to boot!
ORDINARY MEMBER – ALEKS POZORSKI (QLD)
Aleks is passionate about all things aviation. He is a currently a CUO with the Australian Air Force Cadets and a L1 Instructor with Kingaroy Soaring Club. His first AJGC event was in 2020 at the QLD Junior Regatta and is planning to compete at Benalla in 2022. He enjoys his 4WDing and if you ever need a ride around the airfield, jump in his canopy covered tray, where you're treated to colourful LED lights and music!
NEW SOUTH WALES & ACT - CAMERON BARTLETT
QUEENSLAND - AARON HANNAFORD
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - SAM WOODS
VICTORIA & TASMANIA - RYAN DRISCOLL
As above. Just a magnificent guy.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA – MICHAEL KELLER (WA)
As above. Just a solid young man.
GFA BOARD JUNIOR MEMBER – JAMES NUGENT (VIC)
James first attended JoeyGlide in 2010 at Waikerie, wearing a nappie. Since 2012, where he participated in the coaching program at Lake Keepit, he has made the annual trip each year around the eastern states of Australia enjoying the flying and laughs. James broke on to the senior gliding circuit in 2014, and promptly returned solely to the juniors for a period following his decimation at a senior Nationals. Since then, James has been an Australian Gliding Team Member, representing Australia in the 2015 JWGC at Narromine, and has basically been following the junior (and senior) soaring scene ever since.
You'll often only see James' name 1000 points clear of you on SoaringSpot at all times.
WEBMASTER – CHRIS JESSE (QLD)
Chris first attended JoeyGlide as a coachee in 2014 and has returned to compete poorly every year since. Chris' excellent character often sees him fall victim to a multitude of nominations, including the junior National Competitions Committee (NCC) representative. Chris enjoys the finer things in life, including traveling over country Australia in gliders at very low altitudes. You'll often see Chris on your FLARM, following you lower and slower.