Paragliding World Cup set to take North-East region by storm

About 120 pilots are set to compete at Bright later this month.
About 120 pilots are set to compete at Bright later this month.

Thirty-four countries will be represented in the Paragliding World Cup competition at Bright later this month.

In a major coup, it will be the first time in over two decades the event has been held in Australia.

Australian Paragliding World Cup Bright events manager David Snowden said the World Cup would offer a visual display of colour and thrills.

“After more than two decades, we are honoured for Australia to again host this outstanding, world-class event, which will showcase the best paragliders from around the globe in a week-long aerial spectacular,” Snowden said.

“Reaching speeds of 80km/h and altitudes of up to 3000-metres, the skies over Bright will come alive, as paragliders compete for the ultimate recognition of their sport.”

About 120 pilots are set to compete over 100 kilometres in up to five hours of racing.

The event will run from February 17 to 24.