AUSTRIA-BOUND STUDENTS AIMING TO FLY IN GLOBAL PAPER PLANE CONTEST

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AUSTRIA-BOUND STUDENTS AIMING TO FLY IN GLOBAL PAPER PLANE CONTEST

After beating off fierce competition from contenders at more than 21 universities across the country, three talented Australian students have won a trip to Salzburg, Austria to represent their Australia in the world final of Red Bull Paper Wings, the international paper plane contest.

Nathan Tarlinton and Brandon Robins, who study Mechatronic Engineering and Commerce respectively at the University of Wollongong, and Tyler Dolstra, an MUPC foundation course student at Murdoch University, WA entered the unique competition last month.

Taking place in more than 85 countries around the world, more than 1,044 university students participated in the Australian ‘qualiflyers’ of the Championship, where they were given the challenge of creating paper planes in three disciplines: longest distance, longest airtime and aerobatics.Brandon triumphed in longest distance overall with a flight of 35.5 metres, Tyler championed in the longest airtime category with a flight time of 9.8 seconds and Nathan was crowned winner for his aerobatics display, which was voted for by the public in an online poll and judged by Australian hang gliding champion Jonny Durand and aerobatic stunt pilot Joel Haski.

The international finals will be held at the stunning Hangar-7 building at Red Bull’s global headquarters, where a host of talented competitors from around the world will attempt to redefine the limits of physics and perhaps even break a world record. The current world record holder for longest distance thrown is American Joe Ayoob, who earlier this year threw an incredible 68.8 metres. The last Red Bull Paper Wings Championshipwas held in 2009 with competitors from Brazil, Japan and Croatia taking out first place across the three categories.

“It’s awesome that we’ve managed to beat so many other students from all over Australia in the competition,” said Robins. “It’s going to be such an amazing experience for us – we’re definitely planning on giving the international competition a run for their money.”

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