Locals promoting paragliding

DURING the past decade Killarney has developed alongside Manilla in New South Wales and Bright in Victoria as one of the top paragliding areas in Australia.

Early each year the Killarney Classic was held at Eagles Launch and other launch sites in the area from Mt Colliery to the mountains above Killarney.

Many long-time Killarney residents embraced the sport of paragliding after Andrew and Wendy Horchner moved to the area.

They owned property at Eagles Launch and passionately promoted the area as a must-go place for paragliding pilots, many from overseas.

Andrew is one of the top performers in Australia and has represented his country overseas.

Last year the Horchners moved to near Bright in Victoria and Andrew is trying out again this year for the Australian team.

Two weeks ago he was runner-up in a competition at Canungra in Queensland.

They organised the classic early in 2009 with a lot of support from Killarney residents, but it was not held this year.

The Fly Killarney club, which was set up by the Horchners, is now chaired by Byron Bay pilot Lindsay Wootten.

The members are predominately from south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales, including some from Toowoomba.

A competition is planned at Killarney this weekend, but Wootten said yesterday the weather forecasts on the wind direction were not favourable and a decision was to be made last night about whether the event would go ahead.

“The event could be moved to Toowoomba or Canungra,” he said.

Anyone seeking information on the sport or Fly Killarney is welcome to call Wootten on 0427210 993 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            0427210 993      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.



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