Chelsea Mitchell is a child athlete whose dream was to keep growing and winning in competitions. However, she feels her career was affected by transgenders in girl sports.
For Mitchell, it is clear that transgender athletes deserve respect, but they do not have the right to transform women’s sports. She further explains that the strength of a trans woman cannot be compared to that of a girl.
“I ran in the state championship and was ranked as the fastest high school female in the 55-meter dash in the state. I should feel confident. I should have known I had a good chance of winning. Instead, all I could think about was how all my training, everything I’ve done to maximize my performance, might not be enough, simply because there’s a transgender runner on the line with a huge physical advantage,” she said in an article shared by Republican Nikki Haley.
An unfair advantage
Mitchell explains that this situation arises because men have enormous physical advantages. Their bodies are simply bigger and stronger on average than female bodies. She assures that this is obvious to all the girls on the track.
Similarly, she detailed that beyond the psychological consequences of unfair competition, the damage is in how that injustice resulted in her not being able to continue her career as an athlete, as well as her college career.
“It robs girls of the opportunity to compete in front of college scouts who show up for elite tryouts and to compete for the scholarships and opportunities that come with college recruiting. How my own college recruiting was affected, I will never know.”
Meanwhile, Florida is promoting a measure that would prohibit transgenders in girl sports in high school. The measure passed the Republican-led state legislature in April and will become law when signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
It’s not just Republicans in Florida who have spoken out about the situation. Caitlyn Jenner, television star and Olympic champion, said in early May that she opposes transgender people participating in women’s sports. She made the statements in a meeting with the media. She argued that it is a matter of fair competition.