How are you involved with the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge? I am the Vice President, and with my wife, Kerry, we are the hot air balloon co-ordinators.
How long have you been involved in ballooning? We started crewing, as a family, back in 2000 at the Canberra Balloon Festival, the kids grew up, Kerry and I decided we liked hot air ballooning as a hobby so I got my pilots certificate in 2014.
What is your favourite thing about ballooning? The joy you get to see on people’s faces when they see/experience hot air balloons for the first time, then there’s the people you get to meet, the amazing crew we have around us that help us to be able to fly as often as we want. Sometimes there are no words to describe the amazing landscapes and views I get to fly over and experience. I also love it when I nail that perfect stand up landing.
What balloon do you pilot? Dreamweaver, a rainbow coloured 77,000 cuft. With a staggered yellow band arounde the equator. Dreamweaver has a full skirt around the bottom of the envelope instead of a scoop.
Why did you do volunteer to be on the Canowindra International Balloon Challenge Committee? I have had some great experiences at previous Canowindra events. We believe in passing it forward. Its our turn to do something for Ballooning. Canowindra is a great place to fly, and the Challenge is a fun event to be part of, and being part of the committee helps make sure that the event continues to happen.