Bethany Hamilton, a well-known surfing star, has bravely stood up against the World Surfing League’s decision to allow transgender athletes to compete in female sports. She has been competing in events hosted by WSL for more than 15 years, and she believes that this new rule is not a fair change.
This guy isn’t leaving women’s surfing anytime soon https://t.co/O1F2622XB5
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 10, 2023
Although many other girls fear being ostracized if they speak up, Hamilton did not hesitate to publicly boycott the league. She recognizes the importance of treating everyone with love and respect, but this new rule change has crossed a line.
Surfer Bethany Hamilton says she won't compete against transgender women. pic.twitter.com/mi9BpwMFlZ
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) February 7, 2023
However, one transgender surfer, Sasha Jane Lowerson, seemed to have no problem competing in female athletic competitions. In a statement, she claimed her right to compete against women, despite calls for a separate transgender category for sports.
Lowerson’s comments have left many fans of women’s sports furious. The fact that she believes she can suppress her innate physical advantage over her female competitors, shows a delusional mindset.
It is disappointing to see WSL support this rule change and allow the natural advantages of male-born athletes to dominate female sporting events. This shows a disregard for the hardworking women who have dedicated their lives to their sports. It is unacceptable that they have to compete with males who now identify as females.
All athletes deserve fairness and respect, but if this continues, female sports will slowly diminish, and it will affect the future of women in sports. There is a dire need to protect the integrity of women’s sports and for league administrators to step up and fight against this discrimination.