08 Jan 2020

The World Games Athlete of the Year: vote now for drone racing champion Wanraya Wannapong

Drone Racing pilot Wanraya Wannapong, 12, is one of the 25 candidates to compete in the online voting for The World Games Athlete of the Year 2019.

Female FAI World Drone Racing Champion 2019 - and 2018 - Wanraya, who goes by the name “Milk” when she is racing, is one of the youngest, and most successful competitive drone racers in the world.

The Thai schoolgirl, who lives in Bangkok with her parents, took up drone racing at just eight years of age. Stoic under pressure, she successfully defended her 2018 female title at the FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final 2019, held in Xiangshan Ningbo, China in December.

Her other victories include the 2018 China Drone Racing Open, held in Shenzhen, China in May 2018, where she was the overall winner.

Her overall goal is to become the overall FAI World Drone Racing Champion, a dream supported by her father, who practises with her in the family’s training field in Thailand.

And she certainly has the motivation to get there! “I fly every day, and all day when I am not at school,” Wanraya said.