“You’re Already a Winner”: 16-Year-Old Equestrian Stuns Sports World After Achieving a Historic Feat One for the Ages

Published 06/02/2023, 12:51 PM EDT

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The 2023 World Clubs Tournament in France is much anticipated by the equestrian community. This competition takes place every year during the French National Championships, the biggest equestrian event in the world, which features events ranging from dressage to horseback archery. This year, however, is extra significant because Lalwa May, age 16, will make history by competing in an international showjumping competition, making her the first Indigenous Australian athlete to do so.

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This remarkable achievement was covered by ABC News on their social media channel. The post quickly went viral and attracted a large number of equestrian aficionados.

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The 16-year-old Darwin native is all set to make history next month at the 2023 World Clubs Tournament. According to an interview with ABC News, Lalwa May described this as an “incredible” and “big experience” in her equestrian career. Also, of the four riders chosen by Pony Club Australia to represent the country in the 2023 World Clubs Tournament, May is the youngest. She has spent the last seven years training so that she may finally compete for her nation.

May’s interest in horses dates back to her grandmother, who also gave her her first horse, Charlotte. Despite this monumental achievement, May’s ultimate goal is to compete in the showjumping event at the 2032 Summer Olympics in Brisbane.

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Lalwa May’s dedication to training, which saw her putting in time almost every day and sometimes enduring grueling circumstances, paid off. The equestrian community as a whole recognizes and celebrates the accomplishment of the first indigenous Australian horse rider to compete in an international showjumping competition. The news of the little show jumper’s success quickly spread across the globe when ABC News shared it on their official Facebook page.

Even if the international event is yet to be the debut of this 16-year-old showjumper, this comment read, “Fantastic congratulations you’re already a winner just by competing good luck.” Despite being at such a young age, May has put her name among the finest in the world, as this comment read, “What a fantastic young role model !! Wishing you every success Lalwa!!”

 

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This fan is glad that such an opportunity was given to this young rider, saying, “Enjoy the ride! Well done Pony Club Australia for providing the opportunity.” Another heartfelt comment read, “Congratulations! An amazing achievement to be able to represent our country, herself and her ancestors at the competition!”

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