Coolum Kite Festival representatives heading off to China are (L-R) Noel Mooney, Russell Hammond and Steve Donovan. Photo: Brett Wortman/bw173836b
Coolum Kite Festival representatives heading off to China are (L-R) Noel Mooney, Russell Hammond and Steve Donovan. Photo: Brett Wortman/bw173836b

Chairman flies kite for Coolum

IGA Coolum Kite Festival chairman Noel Mooney recently returned from the world’s largest international kite festival in China with a bronze medal. His performance in the single line kite flying competition scored him third place.

The 25th annual Weifang International Kite Festival, located in the highlands of China’s Shandong Province, attracted record crowds of more than one million spectators this year, with more than 1700 professional kite flyers in action over the four-day event.

Noel Mooney has been largely responsible for taking the IGA Coolum Kite Festival to new heights since its inception in 2000 and, despite bringing home a medal for his efforts at the international festival, he believes the biggest reward for him was making valuable contacts in the professional kite flying field and promoting the upcoming Coolum festival on an international level.


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