NZ’s ‘Strongest Man’ to Compete in Women’s Category, But It’s Not What You Think

Dale Shepherd, a powerlifter, and New Zealand’s “Strongest Man,” has made a bold statement in protest of gender self-identification in sports. Shepherd, who has been weightlifting for over 40 years, has applied to compete in the women’s category of the Global Powerlifting New Zealand Day of the Deadlifts competition.

Shepherd believes that biological men who self-identify as women will take over women’s sports, which would be a huge slap in the face to all of the hardworking female athletes. He goes on to explain that hormone treatments, such as taking estrogen, do not cancel out all of the years the male athlete has trained, ultimately resulting in greater bone density, tendon, and muscle strength.

The Global Powerlifting Committee of New Zealand recognizes self-declared gender identity in their rules, but Shepherd’s application to compete in the women’s category was denied because he did not meet the one-year hormone treatment requirement. However, Shepherd argues that this requirement is discriminatory, and he is waiting for a reply from the committee.

Shepherd’s move has garnered support from conservative groups like Save Women’s Sports, which advocates for keeping biological men out of women’s sports. They believe that allowing self-identification in sports would be absurd and a disservice to biological female athletes who have worked hard to compete.

If Shepherd is allowed to compete in June, he plans to proceed with his intention to compete as a female powerlifter. His efforts echo another male powerlifter who has used his strength to advocate for equity in sports.

In conclusion, Shepherd’s protest is a valiant effort to protect women’s sports from exploitation by biological men who want to assert their gender identity at any cost. The stakes are high, and the fight for fairness and equality in sports is far from over.

Written by Staff Reports

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