Ōmārama is home to many YGNZ events including the well-known annual Youth Soaring Development Camp (“YSDC”). Last December marked the 9th YSDC in Ōmārama. The demand from young people to attend these events is increasing with the number attending 2018 YSDC being the biggest yet.
We have generous support from GlideOmarama and Z Energy Aviation that help subsidise the cost of launching at Ōmārama and Air New Zealand, Airways New Zealand, Civil Aviation Authority, Gliding New Zealand and a number of smaller organisations providing general funding. Despite this generous support, the cost of launching gliders by aerotow continues to create a financial challenge for participants, particularly for ab-initio students (those who are just starting) who typically undertake a higher number of short flights.
YGNZ has set a achievable target of growing youth participation in our sport in Aotearoa New Zealand in both the short and long-term. We want to make the sport accessible to those who may not otherwise be able to afford to do, can participate. Reducing the cost associated with launching at Ōmārama will reduce the biggest financial barrier young kiwi’s to participating in the sport.