We are very proud to be sponsoring trans woman Alice MacLachlan in the 2022 IORK New Zealand Karting Championships, and upcoming Kartsport NZ National Endurance Championships.
We want to say a huge congratulations on her new championship title as the 2022 IORK NZ Women’s Open champion!
Alice tells the story
“Around 50 of NZ’s top kart racers arrived in Nelson to fight for the national title in highly changeable weather conditions. The competition was predictably fierce, with the fastest and slowest drivers in most races separated by only around half a second per lap – all vying for one of the 12 slots on the grid for the winner-takes-all 100 lap finals.”
“My goal had been to be the first openly transgender driver to stand on a New Zealand national karting podium. And, well, mission accomplished. After taking a win and several podiums through the heats, I finished a hard-fought third place in the middle weight category final. It was a surreal feeling, having come so close on so many occasions in the past 15 years. But the result was quickly overshadowed in the best way possible, when I claimed my first ever NZ championship title in the Women’s Open!”
“Standing on the top step of the national women’s championship podium as a trans woman was… overwhelming, to say the least. Equally overwhelming was the genuine and enthusiastic support and cheers of the entire field. I must say I am very, very proud to be involved in a sport in which an openly transgender woman can win in the women’s category and receive not one hint of transphobic backlash.”
The final New Zealand championship event for the year, the Kartsport NZ National Endurance Championship, is on this weekend. It’s a team event, with 3 different drivers taking the wheel for each team over a 4-hour race.
You can find out more about it here.
You can follow Alice on Instagram: @worlds_fastest_transgirl
She also qualified for the 2023 Karting World Championships in Belgium, so if you want to donate or sponsor her for the World Karting Championship, you can click here to find out how.