Chelsea Mitchell, a former track athlete in high school, stated that competing against transgender athletes had a “devastating” blow to her confidence and opportunities. She then pledged that she would continue her legal battles in an effort to ban biological males from joining girls’ or womens’ sports.
Dubbed as the “fastest girl in Connecticut,” the former track athlete penned an op-ed that USA Today published on Sunday. In it, Mitchell explained her and three other athletes’ reason for suing the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) in 2020 over the state allowing trans athletes to compete according to their gender identity instead of their biology.
Mitchel had competed against biological males for the majority of her career in high school. She stated that continuously losing to those trans athletes felt demoralizing, not just to her, but to other girls competing in the sport.
Mitchell, along with Alanna Smith, Selina Soule, and Ashley Nicoletti, three other female high school athletes, sued CIAC in February 2020. They sued the organization for letting two biological males who are transgender – Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller – compete in track and field competitions for girls. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit in April, ruling that the said question has become debatable as the two students have already stopped competing in high school athletics competitions.
Mitchell Says She Will Continue to Fight For the Integrity of Womens’ Sports
Mitchel, however, still wants to appeal the decision. While Yearwood and Miller competed, they dominated high school girls’ track competitions in Connecticut.
In her op-ed, Mitchell pointed out that the CIAC lets biological males join girls’ and womens’ sports competitions. Because of this, two biological males started competing in girls’ track back in 2017 and went on to dominate the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons.
As a result, Mitchell argued that the opportunities meant for biologically female athletes went to the two biological males instead.
Mitchell says the two trans athletes dominated the scene due to the physical advantages biological males have. Males are stronger and they have bigger bodies on average compared to females.
Mitchell continued that apart from essentially being robbed of opportunities, these wins by biologically male athletes cause a huge blow in the female athletes’ confidence and beliefs in their abilities as athletes.
The former high school athlete ended her op-ed by promising that she would appeal the court decision and continue fighting to protect the integrity of girls’ sports.