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Tyler Leslight: Young jockey believed to be Australia’s first transgender rider enjoys historic win

Australia’s first transgender jockey claims historic win – after mum told him he’d NEVER speak to him again – and the racing industry didn’t take him seriously

  • Jockey believed to be Australia’s first ever transgender rider enjoys historic win
  • Tyler Leslight rode horse Fire King to victory in 1,200 metre sprint on Tuesday
  • Young rider revealed his success hadn’t come without hard work and dedication
  • Promising jockey surgically transitioned from female to male when he was 16 

A young jockey believed to be Australia’s first ever transgender rider has enjoyed victory on the track after struggling to be taken seriously. 

Tyler Leslight, 22, made history in Mackay, North Queensland, when he rode horse Fire King to victory in the 1,200 metre sprint on Tuesday. 

In video of the duo crossing the finish line the young jockey appears overwhelmed with the emotion of the win, his first on a TAB card.

His success didn’t come without hard work and perseverance with Leslight admitting some within the industry had been ’embarrassed’ of him. 

Tyler Leslight, 22, made history in Mackay, North Queensland, when he rode horse Fire King to victory in the 1,200 metre sprint on Tuesday (pictured, the jockey crosses the finish line)

The jockey (pictured far right) made the decision to transition from female to male when he was 16 and according to Racenet is Australia's first transgender jockey

The jockey (pictured far right) made the decision to transition from female to male when he was 16 and according to Racenet is Australia’s first transgender jockey

‘There were also people who didn’t want to give me a go or didn’t want the world to know the truth about me,’ Leslight told News Corp. 

‘They were embarrassed about me.’

The jockey made the decision to transition from female to male when he was 16 and according to Racenet is Australia’s first transgender jockey. 

The teenager moved from Victoria to Queensland to work riding racehorses on the training track while dreaming of getting his big break.

The talented rider had only participated in 12 race rides before his win in Mackay, having won at a non-TAB meeting in Gladstone the month before. 

The jockey (pictured) moved from Victoria to Queensland to work riding racehorses on the training track while dreaming of getting his own big break

The jockey (pictured) moved from Victoria to Queensland to work riding racehorses on the training track while dreaming of getting his own big break

He recalled feeling ‘so happy’ as he crossed the finish line, having avoided looking at the TAB odds in case it affected his performance. 

The historic win comes just weeks after Queensland Crossbench MP Robbie Katter pledged to move a bill banning transgender athletes from women’s sports. 

It came amid ongoing controversy surrounding Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s hand-picked candidate for the federal seat of Warringah in Sydney’s north.

Candidate Katherine Deves has apologised for a series of comments she made criticising the transgender community in the lead-up to the federal election. 

Mr Morrison has since expressed support for her call to exclude transgender athletes from women’s competitions. 

Leslight recalled feeling 'so happy' as he crossed the finish line in Tuesday, having avoided looking at the TAB odds in case it affected his race

Leslight recalled feeling ‘so happy’ as he crossed the finish line in Tuesday, having avoided looking at the TAB odds in case it affected his race

Katter’s Australian Party MP says if the next federal government doesn’t move to ban transgender athletes from women’s competitions within 90 days of forming, he will move a bill to do so in Queensland’s State Parliament.

‘If the next federal parliament doesn’t outlaw this nonsense, and prevent sport in Australia going down the woke and corrosive path it has in the US, I will commit to testing public opinion on this issue in Queensland,’ the MP said in a statement. 

Mr Katter’s entry into the debate follows comments in recent days from Olympic champion swimmers Dawn Fraser and Emma McKeon questioning the participation of trans athletes in women’s events.

Meanwhile, independent NSW MP Alex Greenwich threatened to withdraw his support from NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet’s minority government. 

His threat came after a comment the premier made last month that ‘girls should play sport against girls and women should play sport against women’. 

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