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James McDonald’s Wife Katelyn: A Love That Gallops at Full Speed

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James McDonald’s Wife: Get to Know Kate Mallyon

Kate Mallyon, James McDonald’s wife is a talented former jockey born on April 10th, 1994 in Sydney, Australia. She comes from a family of jockeys with both her parents, Brett Mallyon and Mary Mallyon, and her brother Andrew Mallyon, also having successful careers in sports.

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Kate at the Sydney Harbour Bridge (Source: Instagram)

James McDonald’s Wife Known Facts

Full NameKatelyn Mallyon
Date of BirthApril 10th 1994
Age30 Years
Place of BirthSydney Australia
MotherMary Mallyon
FatherBrett Mallyon
SiblingsAndrew Mallyon
Height5’6” (165cm)
Weight118lbs (54kg)
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorLight Brown
EducationSt Mary’s College
HusbandJames McDonald
Husband JobJockey
Social Media@katemallyon Instagram Kate Mallyon LinkedIn

Her grandfather, Mick Mallyon is three-time Caulfield Cup winning hoop, and her father Brett won an Echuca Cup.

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Kate Mallyon with her mother Mary Mallyon (Source: Instagram)

With such strong family legacy, it is no surprise that Kate started horse racing and developed a strong passion at a young age. She began riding at the age of 15 and quickly rose through the ranks.

Kate Mallyon’s Impressive Career and Education

Kate attended St. Mary’s College in Seymor, Australia. It is a Roman Catholic secondary school. She was there from 2000 to 2010.

Katelyn has had an impressive career, starting from 2010 to 2017 with Racing Victoria. During that time, she earned herself a name as a dedicated and skilled rider, with numerous victories.

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Kate with her horse Zaaki (Source: Instagram)

In 2017, she began to expand her horizons, taking a role as a presenter for Seven Network, where she has been working for the past six years and present.

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Kate presenting at 7HorseRacing (Source: Instagram)

Along her work as a presenter, she has also acted as an ambassador for several landing sports brands, including BetEasy and Sportsbet.

Through her work she has become a respected and well known figure.

James McDonald’s Wife’s Impressive Victories

Katelyn became the first female jockey to win the Victorian Apprentices title in 2011/2012. She missed the majority of the following season, but quickly bounced back and claimed the title again in 2013/2014.

In 2017, she made history when she became the first woman to ride a Group 1 winner at Moonee Valley abroad Silent Sedition in the William Reid Stakes.

The Inspiring Story Of Katelyn Mallyon

Mallyon suffered a horrific fall in May 2012, which left her with a fractured spine, a damaged spleen, and a broken cheekbone. Despite this, she refused to give up on her dream.

She was in a coma for four days, and upon waking up, her first question was about her next ride. She had also turned down a lucrative modeling career in America to become a jockey.

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Kate showing her love for horses (Source: Instagram)

Modeling wasn’t the only option she left behind, as she had played basketball for eight years and gave up just to focus on race riding.

Jockey Couple Katelyn and James McDonald’s Love Story

James McDonald and Katelyn Mallyon have been a couple since November 2016, as confirmed by James in a post celebrating their 2 year anniversary in November of 2018.

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First photo Kate posted with James (Source: Instagram)

Their love story began with Kate making the first move, as said in an interview with the couple. “You chased me for years” – James had a laugh.

Despite being two successful jockeys, the couple’s favorite thing to do in their free time is playing golf or squash.

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James and Kate on Hall of Fame Night (Source: Instagram)

In an interview, Katelyn shared on how she had to retire early from racing because according to her, “Two jockeys under the same roof, that would never work, especially with both being so good.”

Even though Kate is retired, she stated that she remains supportive of her partner and his racing career. She shared, “Now I get to be happy for him. I can live my dream through him.”

James McDonald and Wife Welcome Their First Child

On April 27th, 2022, James McDonald had proposed to Katelyn Mallyon. They had been together for six years. James confirmed the proposal news on his Instagram account, posting a picture of himself and Katelyn with her hand showing the engagement ring.

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McDonald and Mallyon engagement photo (Source: Instagram)
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Gorgeous Kate showing off baby bump (Source: Instagram)

Their happiness did not stop there, as they announced other great news on November 7th, 2022, when James shared that they had welcomed their first child into the world. Little girl named Evie Belle McDonald, had arrived, making their family complete.

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The happy family welcoming Evie Belle to the world (Source: Instagram)

Fans are eager to see what the future holds for the couple and their beautiful growing family.

Viktorija is a content writer for JcSportsNews, where she specializes in covering topics related to sportsmen's wives and girlfriends, or WAGS. Currently a law student, she holds a passion for sports and enjoys exploring the lives of the people behind the athletes. She has developed a keen eye for detail, producing content that captures the interest of readers. When not writing about WAGS, Viktorija can be found studying or cheering on her favorite sports teams.

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