I am Linda Montana, pre-op transgender who recently competed at the World Masters Games in tennis. I also made history in Australian tennis for being the first out pre-op transgender to successfully compete in an international sporting event, taking silver and bronze.
What gay and lesbian sporting clubs are you a member of?
I’m with Tennis Sydney, been a member for a few years, having been the club’s secretary and also team captain.
When did you get involved?
I got involved with Tennis Sydney for its GLBTI structure and also to better my tennis. I am also a member of four ‘straight’ tennis clubs to further educate the masses with regards to GLBTI sports.
Who would you consider a mentor or role models in sport? Why?
Brad Cross (Tennis NSW) and his colleague had been supportive during my time at Masters Games.
Your greatest sporting moment? Why?
Competing at the Masters Games as an out pre-op transgender. It was history in the making.
What music do you listen to while training? What motivates you to keep going?
My iPod contains anything from Beethoven to Eminem to Tom Jones to Metallica. Being part of a club, team, sports is a great motivator.
How old were you when you began playing sport?

I stared playing after watching Martina Navratilova on TV when I was 14.
Who is your biggest sports fan? How do they show their support for you?
My family. I think they are impressed that my gender is no barrier to anything.
What is your most embarrassing sports moment?
My tennis skirt ripped at the front during one of my matches. I will never wear a polyester denim skirt on a tennis court ever again!
What would you do without your sport?
I’ve done with partying and relationships, so amen to sports.
Your best sports night out?
Opening ceremony of the World Master Games. Everyone was so nice.
How would you get readers interested in your sport?
Tennis can be really daunting, but if an out transgender can play all over Sydney, anyone can.
What is the best thing about your club?
The diversity of people, age group, gender and skill. Where else can you see gay, lesbian and transgender all competing for that coveted trophy? That’s Tennis Sydney for you.

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