Riley Gaines is a 12 time All-American swimmer with 5 SEC titles and was a successful female swimmer at University of Kentucky with ambitions to pursue a dental degree. That post-graduate ambition and her entire life was changed when she was forced to share a locker room and then compete against a biological male Lia Thomas at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship. She says biological men should not take opportunities for success in sports away from women, and that biological men should not share locker rooms with women.
I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Riley Gaines. She’s a 12 time All-American swimmer with 5 SEC titles was a successful female swimmer at University of Kentucky with ambitions to pursue a dental degree. That post-graduate ambition and her entire life was changed when she was forced to share a locker room and then compete against biological male Lia Thomas at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship. She says biological men should not take opportunities for success in sports away from women. Biological men should not share locker rooms with women.
I listened to an interview that swimmer Riley Gaines did recently that I really wanted to share with you. She discusses her experience with Lia Thomas and exposes some details of his life and the NCAA that you did not know about.
Can you believe it. Women don’t want to be in the same changing room as men. Who would’ve thought?
And it has come at a cost. Just last month she was assaulted on the campus of San Francisco State University. She was at the school to speak about her views opposing the inclusion of transgender athletes in women’s sports. She told CNN “I was physically assaulted by one person. I was struck twice, both times hitting my shoulder with the second strike grazing my face. The rest of the protestors just ambushed and cornered me before I was able to move out with the help of campus police.”
I bet you’re thinking Posie Parker right now eh. The tolerant inclusive left showing their true colours.
Just before I go, here’s another woman speaking up. I’m sure you’ve heard of Bethany Hamilton – or perhaps seen the movie Soul Surfer. At the age of 13 as a rising surf star, Bethany lost her left arm to a 14-foot tiger shark, which seemed to end her dream career. However, one month after the attack, Bethany returned to surfing and within two years had won her first national surfing title. Bethany’s foundation of faith has been her backbone; her source of truth, hope, and strength. At 17 years old, she realised her dream of surfing professionally and she is still an active surf competitor to this day.
She too is making a stand with Riley Gaines. Herre’s her short discussion she posted on Instagram. And she raises some very good questions.
Finally, at our Forum on the Family at the end of next month, one of our guest speakers is Deborah Acason (nee Lovely) who is arguably Australia’s most accomplished female weightlifter. She is a two time Olympian at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, a five time Commonwealth Games representative and medallist, and a seven time World Championship representative. Deborah was the first women inducted into the Australian Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame. She experienced the unfairness of being forced to compete against a male in the female category at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – a NZer! , she has more recently been speaking on the topic of ‘transgender’ athletes.
If you enjoyed this McBlog, you’ll enjoy hearing her speak at the Forum.