Thai 11 year old wins women’s world drone racing championships

Go Wanraya!!

An 11 year old Thai girl, Wanraya Wannapong, has won the women’s title in the World Drone Racing Championships held last Sunday in Shenzhen, China. The event is organised by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale.

The Thai drone ‘master’ beat 12 other women to become the youngest winner in the category, as reported in the Bangkok Post. She won a prize purse of US$8,000.

Wanraya says, “I loved this track a lot. I liked flying it at night, it was a lot of fun.”

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She said a lot of her winning style was due to the assistance from her father. Father and daughter practiced on their own training course in Thailand.

The Championship Jury President Bruno Delor says, “She flew consistently with no mistakes. Not going too fast, but steady.”

“I fly every day, and all day when I am not at school,” says Wanraya.

The competition is major event certified by the world’s governing body for air sports, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI).

Australia’s Rudi Browning became the world’s first overall champion at the competition. The 15 year old beat over a hundred other competitors of all ages from across the world to seal the title on the final fourth day of the series.

SOURCE: Channel News Asia

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