The Competitions Panel

The British Paragliding Competitions Panel is appointed by the BHPA Exec to run and manage British paragliding competitions on behalf of the BHPA, to find a British Champion, and to select a British Team to represent the Country internationally. The BHPA acts on behalf of the RAeC in organising and controlling paragliding.

The Purpose of the Panel

  • Organize the British Paragliding Championships.
  • Select the British Paragliding Team for international (FAI CAT1) competitions.
  • Liaise with other governing/sporting bodies, e.g. CIVL, PWCA, etc.
  • Liaise and coordinate with the organizers of the UK-based British Paragliding competitions. BP Cup, Club Challenge, and the XC League.
  • Meet twice a year to resolve competition issues and set up future competitions
  • Panel minutes are publically available for pilots.

The Constitution

The Panel operates with a constitution and operational guidelines which may be found here: PANEL CONSTITUTION AND OPERATIONS GUIDELINES

British Competitions Rules

All British paragliding Competitions follow our own set of rules which you can find here: BRITISH PARAGLIDING COMPETITION RULES

Panel Meetings and Minutes

We keep formal records of all of our formal discussions and minutes according to our constitution which may be found here: PANEL MEETING RECORDS

How to get involved with the Panel?

If you are keen to be involved with any aspect of the UK competitions please do get in touch as we need help, especially with the web and media side also at the competition venues we need admin, assistants drivers, and wind technicians. If you would like to put yourself forward for election to the Panel please contact the Chair for consideration at the next Panel meeting.

Who are the Panel Members?

We are all unpaid volunteers who have been involved with the sport for many years and have offered to help organize our competitions. If you would like to put yourself forward to take on a Panel role please contact the Chairman@pgcomps.org.uk

CharlesNorwood

Chair

Flying since 1989, competing, and cross-country flying. He has been Involved with the adventure travel industry for 25 years

Jocky Sanderson

Team Leader

British Team manager with a background of training, pioneering the SIV and wing testing. Meet Directing teaching, training, presenting and filmmaker

Matt Tandy

BRITISH CLUBS CHALLENGE

Senior RAF pilot he brings his many skills to the Panel and runs the British Clubs Challenge Team.

Brett Janaway

SECRETARY

CIVL representative for the UK and member of the BHPA Exec Brett is also secretary of the Panel and operates Airtribune and the Sports Racing Series

Malin Lobb

BPRA TRAINING

Founder of the British Paragliding Racing Academy and professional SIV instructor he is responsible for the training and development of our racing pilots

Gareth Aston

BRITISH PARAGLIDING CUP

Many years of operating the British Paragliding Cup and also the X-Eri Hike and Fly event in Snowdonia.

Steve Senior

COMPETITION OPERATIONS

Meet Directing, planning, and contracting of all our overseas competitions. Steve was also on the British Team for many years.

Richard Meek

Vice CHAIR

Flying hang gliders and paragliders since 1987. Competing at many levels Winning the XCL and now in the PWC Superfinal, he is a very active comp pilot.

Ali Andrews

Hike and FlY & ENVIRONMENT ADVISOR

Ali has been involved with paragliding for more than 20 years and runs his school in Crickhowell. UK H&F representative at CIVL

Sue Britnell

TREASURER

As a chartered accountant by day, we are very lucky to have Sue running the Panel accounts! She also competes in accuracy competitions.

Phil Clark

SAFETY & Media

A paramedic by day he has a busy life but reports on our competitions for Skywings and writes articles to help improve pilots’ knowledge

John Stevenson

UK XC League

He runs the UK Cross Country League with a team of volunteers to ensure that all flights are legal and comply with FAI rules.

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