Last month, New Zealand transgender weight lifter Laurel Hubbard dominated, setting records in the women’s international competition held in Melbourne Australia.
This week it was reported that a transgender athlete dominated the girls track competition in Connecticut. She won the 100 metres in under 12 seconds, which is really fast, by anyone’s standards. She says she hopes to be an inspiration to others, and will be taking hormone blockers “soon.”
In weightlifting, track and field, even violent sports such as wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts, transgender athletes — specifically male athletes who have transitioned to being female — are dominating natural born women in competition.
And why wouldn’t they?
In every sport which requires speed, strength or endurance, male world records are better than female world records. It’s actually quite consistent. Across almost all Olympic events, from sprinting to the marathon, women’s peak performances hover around 90 per cent that of men’s.
Let me be clear:
Transgender individuals have every right to live their lives happily and peacefully and pursue self-determination.
But women’s sport is a different issue. And particularly when it comes to violence sports.
Transgender athletes competing in violence sports is violence against women.