Our kinda girl

Kate­lyn Mal­lyon knows a thing or two about bounc­ing back – the 23-year-old has been thrown off horses, frac­tured her ver­te­bra and this year managed to get back in the sad­dle to achieve her life­long dream: scor­ing her first Group 1 win – a ‘big deal’ race

Women's Health Australia - - NOVEMBER 2017 - By Alice El­lis

Stay outta that shell

“In 2012, I was an 18-yearold ap­pren­tice and I fell at Flem­ing­ton. I broke my T6 ver­te­bra and my cheek­bone and was in a coma for four days. From be­ing such an ac­tive sportsper­son to do­ing nothing, it re­ally does at­tack you men­tally. You just sort of want to go into your shell about it all, but you have to push through and open up to peo­ple so they can help you. My mum and dad were my big­gest sup­port. You want pos­i­tive peo­ple around you to keep lift­ing you up. Nine months later, I won my first metropoli­tan pre­mier­ship. I was the first girl to do that.”

Know when so­cial me­dia doesn’t help

“If we ride a bad race or some­thing doesn’t go right and we get beaten on a favourite, lots of pun­ters get on Twit­ter; there’ll be a mil­lion com­ments on how bad we are. So the number-one thing is, when that does hap­pen, I don’t read my Twit­ter. I just delete ev­ery­thing. You just can’t have that neg­a­tiv­ity in your life.”

Wi­pedis­ap­point­ment and move on, pronto

“Once [a dis­ap­point­ing] day is over, I go through the re­play on my own – I’m my big­gest critic – and then I speak to my mum and dad [both jock­eys] about it. And then, after that day, I just com­pletely move on. That was some­thing my [sport] psy­chol­o­gist told me – as soon as you re­alise your mis­take, you’ve just got to wipe it and move on to the next thing. If you’re dwelling on your last ride, you’re not going to give your best ride to the next horse. Ob­vi­ously that takes a lot of willpower, but I just don’t talk about it again; I drop it.”

Al­ways back your­self

“When you’re rid­ing in the big races, like the Mel­bourne Cup, there’s so much pres­sure on you. But I al­ways think, ‘I know I’m a good rider. That’s why I’m in the big races.’ I just know that once I’m on that horse, my in­stincts are my best as­set – so I al­ways go in with, ‘What will be will be.’ Once I go out there I can’t do much more than my best.”

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