Alena Netušilová – IGC Champion 2023

Alena Netušilová has been named as FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) Champion Pilot of the Year 2023, for winning the 18m class at the 2023 FAI Women’s World Gliding Championships in Soria, Spain. This was her second World Champion title, which contributed to the overall victory of the Czech Women’s national team.

Girl power
Alena started her career as a glider pilot when she and her classmate noticed a flyer during their high school studies that the local aeroclub was recruiting brave boys for glider pilot training. Together, they decided to sign up and show that gliding was not a sport just for men. This was in 1986. Alena then started her racing career in 1991, gaining second place at the Women’s Federal Gliding Championship of the Czechoslovak Republic.

A distinguished career
She has been competing in the European and World Women’s Championships since 1993 and has stood on the podium no less than six times, and twice won the title of World Champion. Alena is one of the few female glider pilots in the world who can achieve excellent placings at competitions alongside male pilots. In total, she has flown 4500 hours and over 120,000km in competition.

Alena has a daughter, Sarah, and a son, David, and is a successful businesswoman. She works in an international company she founded and co-owns. When she’s not flying, she enjoys rollerblading, running, swimming and persistently (but ineffectively) trying to train her French bulldog, Rosie.

IGC Champion Pilot of the Year
This award was created to recognise the top performance in the FAI World Gliding Championships. Each Championship calendar year, the FAI World Champion with the highest score is named the IGC Champion Pilot of the Year and is also awarded the World Soaring Cup. Source: ‚FAI‚.

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