Teams from 21 countries paraded at Cale Oval Narromine.
Australian Club Class team James Nugent and Daniel Summers.
Adam Woolley, 15m Class.
Aunty Ruth Carney, Elder of the Wiradjuri people, gave a heartfelt and gracious welcome to country.
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.
Team Japan Ikemi and Makoto Ichikawa with team Captain Nobuo Sashida and crew Stuart Furgeson.
The Italian Team With blow-in Steve Hedley from Lake Keepit Soaring Club as crew. [ED - the best dressed team in the contest, certo!]
Old friends reunite.
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.
Brian Spreckley with Gliding Australia Chairman Steve Pegler.
The teams and local visitors to the opening ceremony enjoyed the evening air and friendly atmosphere at WGC Narromine.
The Narromine High School band