2011 NATIONALS - OFFICIALS

 

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COMPETITION DIRECTOR Les Purfield

An engineer from Rugby, U.K., Les is a well-known international Competition Director and has directed many major balloon competitions around the world. He was the Competition Director for the 2007 Australian Nationals in Benalla.

 

Les is the recipient of the FAI CIA 1992 Montgolfier Ballooning Diploma and the 1993 FAI Air Sport Medal.

 

ASSISTANT COMPETITION DIRECTOR Ruth E Wilson

Ruth is an experienced competition, commercial and adventure balloon pilot. Amongst her achievements, she was the 1979 Australian National Champion, organiser of the 1988 Australian Bicentennial Trans-Australian Ballooning Challenge and Fiesta Director for the 2004 World Championship held in Mildura.  Ruth will be assisting Les with the competition organisation.

 

SAFETY OFFICER - Ian Hogben

Ian is the ABF Operations Manager and a commercial balloon pilot.

 

METEOROLOGIST - Don Whitford

Retired Bureau of Meteorology veteran, Don runs a private weather consultancy and has provided weather information for many previous Championships.

 

JURY

John Wallington - 1988 National Champion and experienced competition and commercial balloon pilot.

Dale Allen ABF Administrator, balloon pilot and previous Jury Member.

Ian McIlvain Private balloon pilot. Long-time international competition Observer and official.

 

SCORERS

Scorer - Steve Ireland

Commercial balloon pilot, Competition Director and internationally renowned competition scorer.

 

Assistant Scorer - Martin Tregale

ABF Secretary and international competition official. Martin recently assisted at the Worlds in Hungary.

 

CHIEF OBSERVER - Bill Brown

Bill is an experienced competition Observer.

 

CHIEF DEBRIEFER - Ian Benning

Ian is an experienced international competition Observer.

 

FARMER RELATIONS OFFICERS

Richard Glasson -

As a long time farm property owner in the Canowindra district and regular balloon team member, Richard will be an invaluable to the competition committee.

 

Adrian Cole -

Adrian has long and detailed experience in farming in the Canowindra area. Adrian is also an experienced balloon team member.

 

 

MEASURING TEAMS Yet to be appointed

 

OBSERVERS Yet to be trained and/or appointed

 

 

 

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