When I was told all of Team Canada was going to stay in one house for the Drone Worlds competition in Hawaii this past week, I was the first to object. I mean, Do you really think putting 14 people who don’t know each other in the same house is a good idea? (LOL) I was convinced it was a horror story waiting to happen. What I didn’t expect is that everything would run smoothly. Yup, like butter on bread. Everyday was magical like a Disney movie and we grew closer and closer together not only as a team but as friends as well.
Now, it all began in the first few months of the year, the international drone community was buzzing because the DSA (Drone Sporting Association) announced an international drone race to take place in Hawaii at the famous Kualoa Ranch, yes where they filmed Jurassic Park. 39 countries would compete for the title of best international team and best pilot for individual racing and freestyle. After each country held their own national races to qualify for the World Drone Racing Championships we all met in Hawaii last week for the competition.
5 days, 39 countries, 10 languages, and over 150 pilots, with the most advanced technology to stem from the drone industry to date, Drone Worlds was an event like no other. Team Canada represented in our red and white swag thanks to our sponsors. But looking good was just a small part of it. After all, our pilots were there to win and represent our great country.
The whole team qualified in the top 20 spots for individual racing, we didn’t qualify for the freestyle category, but Team Canada ranked 5th internationally even with two of our times off the board. So yes, our team of pilots with day jobs managed to rank 5th of 39 against pilots who fly and race for a living, booya. Could you imagine if our pilots were flying and racing for a living too?
Now that its over and we look back, the last days were bitter sweet. Team Canada walked into that house in Laie as strangers and left as one family. Probably one of the weirdest and yet best feelings I will ever have. Truly blessed to have played a part in this great journey, and now is only the beginning.
Once again a huge thank you to all of our sponsors for making this magical trip possible Team Black Sheep, FPV Quads Canada, Gaspard Branding, True RC, and Teeny Drones. With a special thank you to the National Bank for believing in us and allowing us to prove how talented our pilots are.