Mark Woodhams has been a respected pilot and leading figure in the UK hang gliding community for many years. By volunteering in 2010 to take charge of the Club Class competitions, which run alongside the main British HG Open Series, it was virtually guaranteed that this new Class would flourish.
The Club Class serves as a less intimidating introduction to competition than the main series and therefore requires more pilot support, which Mark has provided in his own unruffled, enthusiastic and amiable style. His personality and supportive approach is ideal for pilots new to competition and the
technicalities of accurately flying pre-set cross-country routes round virtual GPS turn-points.
Mark has become the face of the Club Class competition and he has almost single-handedly taken on the task of shepherding the Club class pilots from preparation well before the competition to providing them with support, advice, encouragement and some gentle chivvying on take-off. Of note is that Mark’s commitment to the cause does not stop on launch, he also arranges a full retrieve service and also drives the retrieve vehicle, thus providing a seamless and highly professional service throughout the day.
His presence on the hill, where he provides sage advice and encouragement, reassuring both for the Club Class pilots, Meet Director and competition organisers alike. With Mark‘s uncanny ability to be the right place at the right time, the Meet Director and Committee can concentrate on their own jobs in the knowledge that the Club Class and the less experienced pilots are in safe reliable hands.
On behalf of the competition panel and the Club Class pilots we would like to show our appreciation of Mark’s selfless commitment, over many years, by unreservedly nominating him for this award.