US Sports Class and Club Class National Champ — Sarah Kelly-Arnold

Sean Franke, Sarah Kelley-Arnold, and Ryszard Krolikowski

It is with great pleasure that I announce the latest US Sports Class and Club Class National Champion.  Sarah is a good friend and I could not be happier for her at this moment.  I want to also congratulate Sean Franke and Ryszard Krolikowski for their fine performances too.

Sarah has worked hard over the past few years to not only operate the Chilhowee Gliderport, but she also has somehow managed to find the time to work hard at developing her racing skills.  She handily won at the Region 5 North Regionals in April.  And, just two months ago she was setting state and national records in a Schweitzer 2-33 ... more here.

Sarah preparing to race.

This win for Sarah will earn her a slot on the US Team for the World Gliding Championships in Argentina flying in the Club Class.  Sean Franke will be her teammate.

Again, my congratulations to Sarah, Sean and Ryszard.  ~ WE

Photo by Paul Pencikowski

Photo by Paul Pencikowski

Photo by Paul Pencikowski

Photo by Paul Pencikowski

  6 comments for “US Sports Class and Club Class National Champ — Sarah Kelly-Arnold

  1. Robert Danewid
    May 14, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Just great! Many congratulations. Gliding needs more competitive female pilots!

    /Robert Danewid

    CD WGC 2006

  2. Roderick
    May 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Congratulations Sarah! Are you the first female pilot to win such a competition? Fantastic!!! To Bill, are we really not happy for her? "….Sarah is a good friend and I could not be happy for her at this moment."

    Roderick

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      May 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      Oops! Obviously, I could not be happier for her … thanks, fixed the typo.

    • May 15, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      a few years back, Liz Schwenkler won the Open Class Championship

  3. Pat Valdata
    May 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations, Sarah! What great news!

    Pat Valdata

    WSPA

  4. May 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Congratulation Sarah. I hope you have a close look at that cloud #9

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