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Teams from 21 countries paraded at Cale Oval Narromine.

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Australian Club Class team James Nugent and Daniel Summers.

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Adam Woolley, 15m Class.

Ruth Carney Welcome to Country

Aunty Ruth Carney, Elder of the Wiradjuri people, gave a heartfelt and gracious welcome to country.

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Team Netherlands

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The Lithuanian and Ukranian teams received a huge welcome as they entered the arena. Team Ukraine is represented by one pilot, Igor Gapanovich, flying a Discus B in Club Class.

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Team Japan Ikemi and Makoto Ichikawa with team Captain Nobuo Sashida and crew Stuart Furgeson.

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Team Belgium

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The Italian Team With blow-in Steve Hedley from Lake Keepit Soaring Club as crew. [ED - the best dressed team in the contest, certo!]

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Old friends reunite.

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From left: Chief Steward and FAI Vice President Brain Spreckley, Mary Sheppe, President of International Jury Rick Sheppe, Steward John Godley, Contest Director Mike Durrant.

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Brian Spreckley with Gliding Australia Chairman Steve Pegler.

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The teams and local visitors to the opening ceremony enjoyed the evening air and friendly atmosphere at WGC Narromine.

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The Narromine High School band