Che’s Bio


Name: Che Golus

DOB: 15/12/1979

Home Site: Blackheath NSW, Australia

Occupation: Paraglider Pilot, Apprentice Paragliding Instructor and Tandem Pilot, Built Environment Specialist

Flying Since: 2000

Competing Since: 2004

Interests: Paragliding, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Natural Building, Photography

Supporters: Ozone Paragliders, Black Diamond Equipment, CamelBak, High Adventure, Manilla ParaglidingIcaro 2000BlueFlyVario, NSWHPA, Clif Bar Aus

History

Ever since I was a child I dreamt of flying, from childish dreams of being a fighter pilot, to watching hang gliders at Stanwell Park, I just wanted to be in the air. This lifelong dream became a reality in 2000 when I was living in the South of Spain. After completing my course I was hooked, but on returning to Australia I delayed my flying career for over a year until starting university in Lismore, NSW. There under the guidance of Andrew Polidano, Lindsay Wootten and Brent Cameron I returned to the skies. I cannot thank all the Northern Rivers pilots enough for their guidance and encouragement through these early stages of my flying career, they kept me safe, inspired me, and pushed me to move upward.

I started competing in 2004 at the Manilla Open with humble beginnings. By 2007 I completed my first Australian season, finishing 13th overall. The next year I finished 2nd to my former coach and all round amazing pilot, Craig Collings. I then had a two year break from competitive flying in Australia, returning in the 2010/2011 season to win the Australian championship in the Open Class. I took a break from competition in the 2011/2012 season for work related reasons, returning to finish 2nd overall in 2012/2013 in Serial Class competition. I also won the 2013 Manilla XC Camp, flying over 1100km during the week of competition supported my friends and team members on most flights.

I am an avid participant in Acro and SIV flying and believe this helps with my control of my wing, confidence in flight, and ability to handle extreme situations with the calmness required. I believe in sharing all my knowledge with people that I meet, I love to see people learn and progress. Being airborne continues to be a magical and spiritual experience for me.

Achievements

– Selected for Red Bull X-Alps 2017

– Unsupported Vol Bivouac traverse of Western European Alps 2015

– Australian Hill Launch Open Distance XC Record (Unofficial) from Mount Borah, Manilla – 356km

– Selected for Australian Team for 2009 and 2013 Paragliding World Championships

– Organiser and Developer of Weekend Warrior Series competitions in Manilla

– Coaching and Mentoring at numerous paragliding events in Australia

– Twisters …the manoeuvre, not the game

Site records:

– MSS PG Site Record: Open distance record 356km

– MSS PG Site Record: Longest out and return Mt Borah to Bingara Valley 143km

– BMHGC PG Declared Goal: Blackheath to Mudgee 143km, Blackheath to Gulgong 158km

– NRHGPGC PG Declared Goal: Monte to Beechmont ~65km

– NPC PG Open Distance Record: Hooley Dooley to Bunnan 114km

Results:

– 2017 1st Serial Class Australian Championship

– 2017 3rd Overall Australian Championship

– 2017 3rd Bright Open Pre PWC

– 2015 1st Manilla XC Camp

– 2013 2nd Australian Championship

– 2013 1st Manilla XC Camp

– 2013 2nd Bright Open

– 2011 Australian Champion

– 2011 1st Corryong Open

– 2010 1st Canungra Cup

– 2008 2nd Australian Championship

– 2008 3rd Killarney Classic