Please don’t kill women’s sport

My last ‘coach the coach’ session I talked about the future of women’s sport and how it is being affected/ruined by people who perhaps don’t fully appreciate what it is like to compete at the top level of sport. It is a growing topic of concern amongst a growing number of sports across the world, where people born as males, wish to compete as women. I personally believe this is social correctness gone too far. Ex Olympic swimmer Sharon Davies has been a huge advocate of the #sexnotgender hashtag whereby people should compete in the sex they are born, as opposed to the gender that they identify. Some reasoning she gives is “Michael Phelps has size 15 feet; your average female swimmer has size six,”…“If someone is a good swimmer and they decide they want to transition to being a female, none of our girls would stand a chance.” Therefore she is saying: “My argument is simple: that there is a benefit to being born a male, and that’s not fair on females in sport. That’s really it.” The reason that I feel so strongly about this is because I want my daughter to grow up doing any, and as many different sports as possible. All where she can either compete, or have fun in a safe, and fair environment. I want her to grow up with women role models such as Katarina Johnson-Thomson, Coco Gauff and Dina Asher Smith to name a few. If sport as a whole, fails to stand up to social correctness and keep people born as males away from women’s sport, then there will be none.
  • In February 2019, two trans athletes (who were born male and identify as female) took first and second place at the Connecticut state high school track championship.
  • In 2018, before the USAPL changed their rules, JayCee Cooper, a trans powerlifter, set records in women's bench press after only having powerlifted for a year.
  • In 2018, trans cyclist, Rachel McKinnon, took first among the women at the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championship.
  • In 2017, transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard, set master's world records and won the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
  • In 2014, transgender pro MMA fighter Fallon Fox beat Tamikka Brents, giving her a concussion and broken orbital bone.
This is just a small glimpse of sporting events in which trans women – who were born male and went through puberty as males – have dominated. And we can expect to see more of this as the amount of male-born athletes signing up to compete as women increases. Please go and read this article which sums up everything else you need to know. To make things clear - I DO NOT CARE how anyone else identifies. If you're any part of the LGBT community I absolutely want you to live your life however you see fit and have absolutely no problem with that, just as long as it keeps sport fair for biological girls and women. I would be really interested to hear your opinions and what you think would be a fair conclusion so that not only my daughter but all athletes can compete in a just environment; give me a shout on By; Ben Davies, Performance Coach