Maleah Lang-McMahon is an Equestrian rider and a recipient of a Tier 3 Scholarship within the 2021 Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program.
Maleah was born in Waterford, Queensland, in 2004 into a famous Showjumping family, and began competing in Equestrian events at age 4. Her father Peter represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, and her mother Michelle competed for Australia at world championships in 1994 and 2002.
Maleah is regarded as one of the most promising young riders in Australia and specialises in Showjumping. Championship success came early, and in 2018 she won the Tamworth World Cup Junior Championships, as well as the Wilinga Park Junior Championships. That same year, she was crowned Australian Children’s Champion.
Maleah was Junior Champion at the Brisbane Royal Show in 2018 and 2019, and finished on the podium at major events such as the Gatton World Cup Junior Championships in 2019.
2020 brought more top 10 finishes and more medals, and she took gold at the Tamworth Young Rider Championships.
Maleah currently has a team of five horses and spends her days riding and training her horses, as well as helping the family to run their racing and pre-training stables, which can house up to 200 horses at any given time.
Maleah dreams of representing Australia at world championships and Olympic Games in the future, and would like to be a bloodstock agent buying and selling top racehorses to the biggest racing clients in the world.
“It is a great honour to be recognised by SAHOF. As an aspiring elite athlete, I believe initiatives such as SAHOF along with their mentoring program will be a vital tool for any young athlete, and I hope to be able to use this to further my sporting career and gain more recognition as an equestrian athlete for both myself and my sport.” – Maleah Lang-McMahon on being selected as a 2021 Tier 3 Scholarship Holder.
Awards, Honours & Achievements
- 2018: Australian Children’s Champion
- 2018: Willinga Park Junior Championships – 1st
- 2018: Tamworth World Cup Junior Championship – 1st
- 2018: Aquis Champions Tour Junior Championship – 2nd
- 2018/2019: Brisbane Royal Show – Junior Champion
- 2019: Aquis Champions Tour Junior Championships – 2nd
- 2019: Gatton World Cup Junior Championships – 2nd
- 2019: Willinga Park Junior Championships – 2nd
- 2020: Tamworth Young Rider Championships – 1st
- 2020: Gatton Jumping Into Spring-Grand Prix – 5th
- 2021: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship Holder – Tier 3
Bio picture credit: The Jtaime