The University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines has decided to support the World Swimming Coaches Association as they have requested the creation of a ‘trans’ category in swimming competitions. Lia Thomas has provoked many reactions, so this is not surprising.
"Trans swimmers like Lia Thomas have an unfair advantage in the pool because it requires things like your power and your stamina and your strength and endurance, all these things that women are just typically disadvantaged at over men,” Gaines said for America’s Newsroom.
“To pretend otherwise defies logic, reason, science and common sense, quite frankly,” she said. She once again confirmed the importance of such an initiative. “I think it’s great that we have these small governing bodies willing to come out and make these statements,” she said talking about coaches’ group.
“How many small governing bodies is it going to take before these bigger organizations listen?”
WSCA release a statement. “However, the inclusion of transgender people into female sport cannot be balanced with fairness due to the retained differences in strength, stamina and physique that are present when comparing the average female with the average transgender female/non-binary person who was assigned male at birth,” the group’s statement argued.
“On the typical club team, age-group athletes, elite athletes, Special Olympians, and Paralympic athletes all share the same practice pool,” they said. “They train together every day for weeks, then go their separate ways for their competitions.
“It could be precisely the same for our Trans Athletes. 99% of the year, every athlete trains together. 1% of the year, they attend their appropriate competitions,” they continued. “A coach’s historical role has been to expand the sport and create the best competitive opportunities for our athletes.
The ‘Trans situation’ affords us the same opportunity. “We must protect female sports, but we must endeavor to create fair competition for everyone,” it said.