The 25-year-old IGC Champion Pilot of the Year 2021 and winner of the World Soaring Cup is a double world champion. Simon Schröder of Germany was awarded the cup for his outstanding performance at the 2021 Standard Class FAI World World Gliding Championships in Montluçon, France where he gained the most achievable points. This achievement followed his win at the FAI World Junior Championships in Szeged, Hungary, in the Standard Class.

The double victory of this blond young man in both the juniors and seniors is the extraordinary pinnacle of his sporting career so far, but his journey to this success has been far from ordinary. In Germany pilots begin gliding at the age of 14. Schröder started much younger, taking a seat alongside his grandfather in a double-seater as a young child.