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Australia’s most decorated Olympian Emma McKeown sensationally enters the trans debate

Australia's most decorated Olympian Emma McKeown sensationally enters the trans debate 2

Australia’s most decorated Olympian Emma McKeon sensationally enters the trans-in-sport debate and admits SHE wouldn’t like to race against a swimmer born male: ‘It just isn’t fair’

  • Emma McKeon says she wouldn’t want to race against ‘biologically male’ athlete  
  • Swimmer told a Queensland seminar that the sport will have to deal with it
  • ‘It’s just not fair,’ McKeon, an eleven-time Olympic medallist, said this week

Australia’s most decorated Olympian, Emma McKeon, would not want to compete against transgender women in female sport.

The eleven-times Olympic medallist told the Griffith University’s A Better Future For All seminar this week that swimming would need to ‘deal with’ the issue of transwomen competing in women’s sport because it’s ‘just not fair’. 

‘I mean, I personally wouldn’t want to be racing against someone who is biologically a male, so that’s a concern,’ Ms McKeon was quoted telling the seminar by news outlet InQueensland.  

Eleven-times gold medallist Emma Mckeon said swimming would need to 'deal with' the issue of transwomen competing in women's sport because it's 'just not fair'

Eleven-times gold medallist Emma Mckeon said swimming would need to ‘deal with’ the issue of transwomen competing in women’s sport because it’s ‘just not fair’

‘It’s not a new thing, but it’s new in that sport, swimming, are going to have to deal with it.’

The topic is at the centre of national debate ahead of the Federal Election on May 21 after Prime Minister Scott Morrison nominated Katherine Deves to run for the Liberal party in a critical marginal seat. 

Ms Deves was the head of an organisation called Save Our Sport which campaigns against transgender women competing in the same sports as those born biologically female. 

In a series of now-deleted tweets, Deves once compared her campaigning for ‘Save Women’s Sports’ to activism against the Holocaust. She also described trans children are ‘surgically mutilated and sterilised.’

Liberal Candidate Katherine Deves has come under fire for comparing her campaign to 'Save Women's Sports' to activism against the Holocaust

Liberal Candidate Katherine Deves has come under fire for comparing her campaign to ‘Save Women’s Sports’ to activism against the Holocaust

Ms McKeon told the seminar that it was unlikely she would ever personally encounter the issue. 

‘I don’t think I’m going to have to race against a trans swimmer, I don’t think it’s going to come to that point,’ she said.

‘But now that it’s a growing thing, the sport has to think about how to handle it and how to deal with it, because you do want to be inclusive, but you don’t want to have females racing against swimmers who are biologically male because it’s just not fair.’

In the United States, trans swimmer Lia Thomas has blitzed the pool at a series of women’s championships.     

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