The Team

Your Team for the GIN Wide Open 2023

Toby Colombé  – Event Organiser & Safety Officer

Toby is a very experienced competition pilot.  He has represented his country at the highest level of competition flying and is also a tandem world record holder.  He has previously organised the British Open and all GWO events.  His dedicated and energetic approach to directing the GWO will ensure the event’s success.

Toby Colombé – Meet Director

Zlatko is a hugely experienced local XC pilot, tandem pilot and instructor.  He is more knowledgeable about flying in Kruševo than just about anyone.

Richard Bungay – Scoring & Technical Officer

Richard is a very experienced competition pilot and has previously represented his country at the highest level.  He’s not only one of the most helpful and knowledgeable people you’re likely to meet, but his conscientious and technical know-how make him a huge asset to the team

Mike Agnew – Chief Marshall

Mike is a very experienced paragliding instructor, guide and professional tandem pilot.  He has many years’ experience of supporting competitions.  His dedication and attention to detail will ensure the smooth running of this year’s event.

Barbara St Aubyn – Office, Trackers & Media

The GWO without Barbara wouldn’t be the same.  Barbara is hugely popular and loves this event almost as much as the pilots.  She is (almost!) always smiling and she embodies everything that makes the GWO so much fun.  After all her hard work helping you on launch and back at HQ, expect to see her leading the charge on the dance floor!

Yuki Sato Colombé – Office, Flying Safety & Prizes

Yuki is a top competition pilot, with too many podium positions to count including World Cup winner.  In addition to flying with you, she’s in charge of prizes.

Adam Spirkoski – Retrieve

Adam is in charge of retrieve.  He is a local and bilingual competition pilot with lots of local knowledge. His technical abilities and intelligent approach will ensure that you’re never left waiting for long.

Kieran Campbell – Media

Kieran is a paragliding guide and professional photographer.  He’ll be spending most of the GWO hiding behind a camera.  You can see some of the GWO 2019 videos.

The GIN Team Pilots

A selection of top GIN pilots, all of whom have podium experience at the very highest level of competition flying will be in Ager to fly with you.  Follow them in the skies and pester them to share their secrets on the ground.

We’ll also be fully supported by local bus driver and launch marshals.