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The success of transgender female athletes participating in high school track and field events has parents, athletes and coaches in some communities calling for a change in the current rules, as they question a possible competitive advantage.
The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school sports in the state, allows athletes to compete in the gender specific sport in which they identify. Continued success by transgender athletes has prompted two petitions — one started in Glastonbury and another in Plainville — from critics who say transgender athletes have an advantage. Together, the petitions have about 150 signatures, though neither has been submitted to CIAC officials.
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“I think it’s unfair to the girls who work really hard to do well and qualify for Opens and New Englands,” said Glastonbury sophomore sprinter Selina Soule, who finished sixth in the 100-meter State Open final Monday. “These girls, they’re just coming in and beating everyone. I have no problem with them wanting to be a girl.”
Bianca Stanescu, Soule’s mother, has been circulating a petition at track meets calling on the state legislature to require athletes to compete in sports based on their gender at birth, unless the athlete has undergone hormone therapy.
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She had collected about 60 signatures as of Monday and said it’s a problem “that has to be corrected.” Among the signatures was Glastonbury girls track coach Brian Collins, who told The Courant he just wants “an even playing field.” The other petition was started by Jarmaine Lee, a father of two Plainville boys runners. The petition, which was sent to all of the high school athletic directors in the state, had 88 “supporters” Monday.
But advocates for greater inclusion of transgender athletes — along with other competitors in Connecticut — reject the positions being taken by those calling for a rule change as narrow...
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