Pavlich: women are mobilizing to save their sport

As the 50th anniversary of Title IX approaches in June, women are stepping up to save the dignity and integrity of their sport.

In recent weeks, alarm bells have been ringing loudly after University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, who was on the men’s team through 2020, edged out a number of women on the podium at the NCAA swimming championships.

Throughout the season, anyone honest who watched Thomas could see that the “competition” was anything but fair or worthy. And yet, NCAA officials allowed it to continue to the very end, snatching top final spots from female athletes and dishonoringly ending swimming careers. At the time Thomas took first place in the women’s 500-meter freestyle, there was still a profile on the university’s men’s swimming and diving website. The profile remains there today.

“It’s a common conception that we’re all very disappointed and frustrated with someone who has – has more ability than us women to be able to compete at that level and take opportunities from other women. I have a teammate who didn’t make the finals today because she just got knocked out of the finals and it’s heartbreaking to see someone who’s gone through puberty as a man and who has the body of a man capable of blasting competition,” Virginia said. The technical swimmer spoke to The Post Millennial about a post-competition teammate. “You go there with a mindset you never “Don’t stand a chance…it’s hard to compete with someone who has the aerobic capacity to build muscle in a man’s body. It’s hard.”

At the end of the season, a number of women and coaches said they had seen enough.

“It’s hard to express the anguish the women’s swimming community experienced over the past week watching the 2022 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. On the one hand, we feel we are witnessing irrevocable damage to a sport that has transformed our own identities for the better. On the other hand, we have reconnected as brotherhood after many fulfilling years of living our lives beyond the water’s edge. We are grateful to the many women who have stood up to publicly protest your policies,” dozens of coaches and swimmers, including NCAA champions and Olympians, wrote in a March letter to the NCAA Board of Governors. of the NCAA this year hoped to appease everyone by allowing Lia Thomas to compete directly with the women. Instead, the NCAA successfully failed everyone. A target was placed on the back of an athlete. trans you, subjecting that person to a devastating national outcry and humiliation. The swimmer’s only points for Penn in March catapulted a team into the top 20 in the program nationally after failing to score a single point last year. Additionally, the female athletes participating in the competition were forced to swim in unfair direct competition, thereby eliminating any integrity of the entire championship competition.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX. From the birth of the NCAA in 1906 until 1972, women had to fight to win the law that offered equal opportunities to women in sports. It took a year for a male-to-female transgender person to win the title of women’s national swimming champion. It’s not equality. Women’s rankings, titles, records and scholarships are suddenly threatened again. Opening the door to allowing natural-born men to acquire valuable, life-changing financial aid, often split among multiple women per team, goes against the very essence of the landmark legislation we ironically celebrate this year.” , continues the letter.

The NCAA has not released a public response.

But the problem of biological men competing with women in their sports doesn’t stop at college.

In the UK, recently transitioned cyclist Emily Bridges was planning to compete in the British National Women’s Omnium Championship. The event was first opened to female athletes in 2017. This year female athletes threatened to boycott and Bridges was rightfully disqualified.

“Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges was barred from competing in the British Women’s National Omnium Championship on Saturday after cycling’s governing body, the UCI, decided she was not eligible,” reports the Guardian. “The UCI’s decision came amid growing backlash from within the sport, with the Guardian understanding that a number of riders were talking about boycotting the event in Derby because they felt Bridges, who was on the Great Britain Academy scheme as a men’s runner until it was dropped in 2020, had an unfair advantage.

Threatened with cancellation and shame, these women mobilized to save their sport. It’s time for more coaches, administrators and politicians to find the courage to do the same. The NCAA, which has shown nothing but cowardice thus far, has an obligation to act.

Pavlich is the publisher of and a Fox News contributor.

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