Hamilton’s Stance on Women’s Sports
Bethany Hamilton, the renowned surfer known for her resilience and determination, recently reiterated her strong belief that male-bodied athletes should not be competing in female sports. Hamilton’s stance on this issue became evident last year when she spoke out against the rules set by the World Surf League (WSL) regarding transgender women participating in its events.
Hamilton’s Call for a New Division
In a video posted on her Instagram, Hamilton expressed her decision not to participate in WSL events as long as the existing rule remains. The WSL currently requires transgender female athletes to maintain a testosterone level of 5 nmol/L for at least a year in order to participate in the women’s division. Hamilton suggested that a fairer alternative would be the creation of a new division.
“I personally think that the best solution would be to create a different division so that all can have a fair opportunity to showcase their passion and talent, and I think it’s really hard to imagine what the future of women’s surfing will be like in 15–20 years down the road if we move forward allowing this major change,”
Support from Fellow Athletes
Hamilton’s stance has garnered support from fellow athletes, including Olympic gold medalist skier Julia Mancuso and Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimmer who is now an OutKick contributor and ambassador for the Independent Women’s Forum.
Following the discussion around her stance, Hamilton clarified her points in the comments section, acknowledging that finding a solution that satisfies everyone may not be feasible.
“I was messaging with a friend who is a part of the (LGBTQ) community and I really don’t think at this point there is a solution that will please everyone. There are different world views, and that is part of life. I may not have the perfect answer. But I do feel the way I do and will continue to stand firm in what I shared here.”
Hamilton emphasized that her mention of testosterone was based on how the Olympics and the World Surf League determine eligibility for competing as women.
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