Craig McMahon says he found his winning design by searching the internet.
Craig McMahon says he found his winning design by searching the internet. Toowoomba Chronicle/Bev Lacey

Paper planes hit the target

THE USQ Club was transformed into an aircraft hangar, a runway and an aerodrome yesterday, only for planes of a different variety.

Paper planes were flying in all directions for the Toowoomba heat of the Red Bull Worldwide Paper Wings contest.

More than 60 entrants competed across three different categories - longest distance, longest air time and most acrobatic.

Craig McMahon won the coveted longest distance category with a throw of 15.25 metres.

“I actually found the design for my plane on the internet,” Craig said.

“I used to throw the odd glider around at least once a year back in primary school but I wouldn't say I'm an expert.

“Basically this was just a very good excuse to get out of doing my assignments for the day.”

The longest air time category was won by Soon Jean with a time of 3.96 seconds and the most acrobatic category was won by Brock Tomkins.

Red Bull student brand manager for USQ Amanda Scott said the event was just a good reason for students to get out and have fun on campus.

“These days interaction at uni is becoming more and more electronic and impersonal so it's great to be able to provide fun activities on campus,” Amanda said.

“It's just all about having a good time as a student.”

If the three winners from the Toowoomba competition make it into the top 10 Australian results, they will head to Sydney to compete in the national finals.

Then the top competitors from each category will head to Austria early next year for the world championships.

The Red Bull Paper Wings contest is being run at universities across Australia and in 65 other countries around the world.

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