Wanaka paragliding pilot Grant Middendorf, of Lake Hawea, has
claimed the title of national champion at the end of eight
days of competition in the skies over Queenstown and Wanaka.
Sixty-five pilots were set five tasks and Middendorf said
this week winning two tasks, including one he alone managed
to complete, helped give him enough points to secure the win.
His next competition is likely to be at Canungra, on the
Australian Gold Coast, in September. However, it is unlikely
he would be able to attend the world championships in
Bulgaria later this year because of a struggle finding