Debbie Hayton Debbie Hayton

Biological men shouldn’t be competing against women

Austin Killips (photo: Getty)

When will sporting governing bodies see the reality that we all know to be true – that male bodies have an advantage over female bodies? Granted, many organisations have seen the light and taken action, but others remain in some sort of cloud cuckoo land where transwomen – biological males – are allowed to compete against biological females.  

The latest outrage has happened in the United States. Austin Killips, a 27-year-old transgender cyclist won first prize for women at the Tour of the Gila, the premier road race in New Mexico. Killips is now being tipped to challenge for a place at the Tour de France Femmes and at the Paris Olympics next summer. 

This is wrong. Sport is divided into female and male categories for a reason, and it is not to affirm anyone’s identity. I’ve said this before: women’s sport is not for males who cannot cut it against their own sex. Killips may well have lost some competitive advantage after undergoing hormone therapy, but that does not mitigate the differences between the sexes.  

Clear rules – based on biological sex – should apply throughout sport from the grassroots to the Olympics. My time for a 5km park run will never set any records, even in the 50+ age group, but I still won’t participate against women – it would be wrong for me to push just one woman down the rankings in her category. 

But it’s even worse when it comes to competitive sports that have prize money. Reports suggest that Killips earned almost £8,000 for finishing top of the women’s general classification in the Tour of the Gila, plus a bonus of £800 as ‘Queen of the Mountains’.

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Debbie Hayton

Debbie Hayton is a teacher and journalist. Her book, Transsexual Apostate – My Journey Back to Reality is published by Forum

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