Female jockey desperate for help - Lawrence seeks assistance for licence to resume riding career

September 16, 2021
Tamicka Lawrence (right)  stands with fellow female apprentice rider, Abigail Able, at Caymanas Park.
Tamicka Lawrence (right) stands with fellow female apprentice rider, Abigail Able, at Caymanas Park.

Jockey and mother of three, Tamicka Lawrence, is making a desperate appeal for assistance to pay for her licence as she aims to resume riding after more than a year out of the saddle.

Lawrence has been absent from Caymanas Park since September last year, after giving birth to her third child in April of this year.

The 30-year-old, who began riding in September 2018, is yet to win a race in her career. In fact, her best career finish came aboard ANASO, who came third in 2020.

Lawrence told STAR Sports that she is very eager to return to the saddle, but she is finding it very difficult to pay for her jockey's licence, which costs close to $40,000.

"I need a little assistance to pay for it and I am appealing to anyone out there who can assist me because this would be lovely," said Lawrence.

Holding me back

"If I get it today, I will be back at the track tomorrow because my gears and everything are ready and so that is the only thing that is holding me back now," she said.

Lawrence underscored that she had kept herself in excellent shape during pregnancy and, therefore, she is much stronger and fitter than before.

"I am in perfect shape right now because she (baby) did no harm to me and so I am just looking to get back into the saddle," she said.

She also noted that her kids has made her a much better person and she is even more determine to work harder.

"Having my third child is only going to make me work a lot harder and push more to do better in the saddle. This is also a really big motivation because if I was lapsing a bit before this will help me to not lapse anymore," Lawrence said.

"This is my career and I am not going to give up on it because I have been very patient and I know that my time will come when I am going to win races," she said. "I am hungry now and so I am coming back more determined than ever," Lawrence said.

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