In recognition of her outstanding achievements as a glider pilot, and her dedication to promoting female participation in the sport, Gisela Weinreich of Germany was awarded the 2020 FAI Lilienthal Gliding Medal.

With an impressive competitive career spanning 1975 to 2012 including several gold medal wins, and in 1990 setting the German women’s record in the 15m class, the 750km FAI Triangle, Gisela has not only made many remarkable performances, but has also dedicated her later gliding career to the promotion of her sport. With 21 years on the national team and as Vice President of the German Women’s Pilots Association, Gliding Section since 2013, not to mention many years as a Steward and Jury President for the FAI Women’s World Gliding Championships (WWGC), and as a specialist in trophy management for the FAI Gliding Commission, the IGC, Gisela is an integral member of the gliding community and a passionate supporter of female participation in aviation.

In recognition of her gliding career spanning almost 50 years, Gisela feels highly honoured to have won the Lilienthal medal, which was founded in 1938 "to reward a particularly remarkable performance in gliding, or eminent services to the sport of gliding".