PANIPAK WONGPATTANAKIT

A taekwondo Olympian fighting for more than just gold, but also for others who need support.

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Her Sport Impossible

Given the nickname “Tennis” by her sports-loving family, it is hardly surprising that Panipak developed into such an outstanding sportsperson. And even though she prefers to use her arms and legs over a racquet, she has collected many accolades along the way. Her gold medal at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, bronze in the women’s 49 kilogram Taekwondo weight division in the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and gold at the 2017 U.S.Open Taekwondo Championships have cemented her place in Thailand.

“I want people to not give up. I want us to overcome things that seem impossible but with effort, can be made possible”

Her Social Impossible

It has not been an easy journey for Panipak. At only 7 years old, she lost her mother in a car accident. Despite having to single-handedly raise her and her two siblings, her dad recognised the positive impact that sports can make, and encouraged her to take up taekwondo. Her goal beyond the arena with Toyota, is to bring change by helping orphans and underprivileged children in Thailand. She sees it as a way of giving back to the community and country that supported her through thick and thin.

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