All ready for the 22nd FAI Hot Air Ballooning World Championships.
It feels like only yesterday that I was writing about my time at the women’s world championships, tomorrow I’ll be boarding the plane to Japan to compete in my first open championships! The competition starts on Monday 1st November and runs for 7 days. There will be 102 of the world’s best pilots from 31 countries competing for ballooning’s top title. Of the 102 pilots competing only 6 will be women, so as the current 2x women’s world champion I feel like I have a big responsibility to be a great representative for the girls and get the results.
The Australian team for these championships is made up of 3 team members Matthew Scaife (my husband!), Peter Wright from Melbourne and myself. Along with the three pilots, our support crew is made up of another 13 team members, complete with independent wind-reading team, a photographer, a social media/tech support guru, a team manager and then our own various crew members too.
Once we land in Fukuoka we will drive an hour to Saga, home of the world championships and hit the ground running with 3 practise days before the championships. I flew at the pre-worlds in Saga last year so it is good that I am familiar with the flying area and I’m feeling confident in my flying and hoping that I can put all of the experience I have gained in the last few big competitions into practise here. So, wish me luck and watch this space!
You can follow my progress here:
On my team facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/teamscaife/
On the Australian Competition Ballooning Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AustralianCompetitionBallooning/?fref=ts
And the world championships website: http://sagaballoonworld2016.jp/