20 Photos That Tell The Ghana Paragliding Development Story

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The paragliding festival has become one of the main pillars of the celebration of Easter in Kwahu. Over the past 15 years, the Odweanoma mountain has been home to several exciting paragliding flights. Since 2017, when we expanded the take off point to allow up to four take-offs at a time, the flights per day during Easter has increased from an average of twenty (20) to sixty (60). The infrastructural additions to the site is part of a plan to make the Kwahu Ridge enclave an all-year-round tourism destination” – Akwasi Agyeman (CEO-GTA)

Here is how Paragliding started and how we have created a world-class site for adventure sports tourism thanks to the late Hon. Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey his Special Assistant Ferdinand Ayim, also of blessed memory who together with many others led by lead Pilot Walter Nesser helped kick-start the festival to coincide with the Kwahu Easter festivities.

Last Major Hurdle For Take-Off…

We rolled off the last huge rock in 2005 to clear the site for take-off…

In April 2005, the first Paragliding Festival was launched by the late former Vice President, his Excellency Alhaji Aliu Mahama, to coincide with the Kwahu Easter festivities.

The Opening Ceremony…

The chiefs were there to offer libation as well as political heads and tourism officials

It was a large enthusiastic moment during the opening (Notice the absence of Mobile phone for Selfies)

 

The First Flights…

After the ceremonies and speeches, things went underway.

The flights took off

 

First Cameraman To Brave The Odds…

First Cameraman (note the camera size)

 

The Inquisitive Public Applauded…

Others Tried To View From The Corners without any safe and secure place to stand…

 

Then the first view from the sky (2005) dropped

 

We Invited More Pilots (6) in 2006 and grassed the take-off site

Late Jake Welcoming 2006 Pilots With former GTA CEO, Martin Mireku and Mad. Bridgette Katsriku

 

We provided a viewing/seating platform on both sides for Viewing Public in 2010

 

We then took steps to start training Ghanaian Pilots…

 

We then focused on more public centered facilities from 2017

Expanded/Re-grassed take-off to take 4 tandem-gliders for launch

 

Construction of Permanent Viewing and Seating Pavillion

 

 

Provision of a modern washroom facility

 

Food court for catering services

 

New VIP lounge

 

A paved and gated compound

 

 

Cheers to our next big move…

 

Join us as we honour and remember many who contributed to this story…

Commissioning of Paragliding Field

2020 May have been dark but…

Conquer your fear, Be a Hero and Join us in 2021

 

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