Both McKeon and Seebohm have contributed to the debate over the past week, both saying there needs to be elite-level fairness when it comes to transgender athletes competing. Fraser also weighed in and suggested creating a separate category for transgender contestants.
But none have alignment with advanced or conservative causes, and The Sydney Morning Herald understands that Fraser is livid at using his likeness to further the cause. Seebohm also sought to clarify her position amid an election frenzy, saying she loves sharing her sport and wants to “see trans people living the life they want”.
McKeon was up for an award at the Laureus World Sports Awards on Sunday night, where she was nominated for World Sportswoman of the Year. She would likely be mortified by her comments being used as a political talking point after they were picked up at a forum hosted by Griffith University, where she trains on the Gold Coast.
Swimming Australia is continuing to work on its own transgender policy, but has made it clear that it supports inclusion. In late 2020, he partnered with Pride in Sport to increase LGBTQ participation in sport.
Much of the debate has been spurred by American swimmer Lia Thomas, a transitioning athlete who has had success at the NCAA championships, and British cyclist Emily Bridges, who was kicked out of competition at the last moment when cycling global went back to the drawing board on its transgender guidelines.
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