Aussie Olympian Emma McKeon Wades Into Transgender Sports Debate

Aussie Olympian Emma McKeon has weighed in on the ongoing transgender sports debate, admitting she finds the idea of ​​competing against a biological man a “worry.”

The issue has been thrust into the public spotlight as the upcoming federal election approaches.

The coalition has been forced to deal with controversy over Warringah candidate Katherine Deves’ now-deleted comments about the transgender debate.

Deves’ comments, which she now says were “unacceptable”, came after Scott Morrison made her “captain’s pick” to run for the Sydney seat.

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McKeon, who won five gold medals in the Tokyo pool, said she doubted she would ever face the screenplay, but stressed the importance of fairness in competitive sport.

“I mean, I personally wouldn’t want to race against someone who is biologically a man, so that’s a concern,” McKeon said at Griffith University’s A Better Future For All seminar, as reported by InQueensland

“I don’t think I will have to race against a trans swimmer, I don’t think it will come to that.”

“But now that it’s a growing thing, the sport needs to think about how to handle it and how to handle it because you want to be inclusive, but you don’t want women racing against swimmers who are biologically male because it just isn’t fair.”

It’s unclear whether McKeon is aware of the severe restrictions on trans athletes, especially those who have transitioned from male to female, which limit any kind of competitive advantage.

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was the first trans woman to compete in the Olympics and failed to complete her lifts or medal in Tokyo.

Swimmer Lia Thomas also drew attention to her success in college sports in the US, although as a woman she is 15 seconds slower in the 500-meter freestyle than her previous best before transferring.

Morrison has been criticized for claiming he focuses on women’s sports as a reason to support his favorite candidate Deves.

“In my commitment to fight for the rights of women and girls, my language has been unacceptable at times. It has hurt people and detracted from my arguments,” Deves said in a statement.

Research has found that public comments and criticism of trans athletes, such as those championed by Morrison, are making youth suicides more common.

NSW Treasurer Matt Kean, MP Felicity Wilson and Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman have all called for Deves to be turned down over her comments about the transgender community.

“It’s another split in the Liberal Party, but Morrison, I think, is playing it politically smart, and he’s taking a stance and the more he takes a stance it doesn’t go either way,” Mr Clennell told Sky News host Peta Credlin.

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