(Reconciliation Australia, e-news bulletin)

It’s Melbourne Cup time! The race that stops the nation!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Aboriginal jockey Frank Reys’ historic Melbourne Cup win. Frank was a proud man born of Filipino and Aboriginal parents, although at the time of his win in 1973 he was described only as Filipino by the press.

Overcoming racism and discrimination has been a common experience for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sports people. As we celebrate Frank’s magic moment, we also recognise the struggle and achievements of other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sporting champions.

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