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Hubbard in rarefied air after becoming dual winner of Sportsperson of the Year

Hang glider pilot Guy Hubbard, Cowra's Sportsperson of the Year winner, finds himself in rarefied air as a dual winner of the award.

Hubbard received his award at a dinner on Friday night from special guest Gus Worland.

The win makes Hubbard just the seventh dual winner of the award.

He joins golfers Karen Lunn and Jenelle Lynch, jockey Matthew Cahill, lawn bowler Gerard Beath, motorcyclist Matt Gilmore and shooter Matt Seears as a two-time winner.

Hubbard, after taking out the 2019 Spanish National titles against a world class field, was one of 16 finalists for this year's award which covered the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 years.

"I'd like to thank the committee for the honour of winning this trophy once again," Hubbard said.

"It's greatly appreciated after the effort I've put in for all the years of hang gliding.

"I've been flying for 40 years, you don't do it for the trophies, there aren't many trophies in hang gliding.

"It's for the friendships that I've made.

Cowra Sportsperson of the Year winner Guy Hubbard with special guest Gus Worland at Friday night's awards dinner. Hubbard joins a select group as a dual winner of the award.

Cowra Sportsperson of the Year winner Guy Hubbard with special guest Gus Worland at Friday night's awards dinner. Hubbard joins a select group as a dual winner of the award.

"And the enjoyment of competing, just being in the sport, it changed my life, it's been fantastic.

Just being in the sport, it changed my life, it's been fantastic

Guy Hubbard

"Competing around the world I have made so many friends particularly in the later years of doing it," he said.

Shortly after winning the 2019 Spanish title, Hubbard injured a rotator cuff in Italy which required surgery.

"I was six months getting over the operation and as soon as I could get back COVID struck and comps got cancelled.

"I've only done two competitions in the last two years, I won one of those (at Barraba in NSW).

"Now I'm just hoping to get back into it again," he said.

As for the future, Hubbard said he is looking forward to taking part in competitions at Canungra in Queensland in October, Barraba again in November, followed by two more events in NSW at Manilla and Forbes.

His season will then finish off at Dalby in Queensland.