Katter’s push to ban trans athletes

 

Transgender athletes could be banned from playing women's contact sport at an elite level if the Katter Australian Party holds the balance of power after the state election.

Party leader Robbie Katter will pursue the legislation in the next state parliament and has also called on the Cowboys to guarantee that transgender players would not be allowed to play in its affiliated women's rugby league team - North Queensland Gold Stars.

The call extends to all other professional Queensland contact women's sport clubs to pledge the same.

This follows a number of elite sporting codes agreeing to follow the Sports Australia code to recognise athlete on the basis of self-identified gender and not biological sex.

Citing safety and competitive equity concerns, Mr Katter said it was important for both the LNP and Labor leaders Deb Frecklington and Annastacia Palaszczuk to follow the party's initiative to ensure the health and safety of women participating in contact sport at the highest level.

Robbie Katter. (News Corp/Attila Csaszar)
Robbie Katter. (News Corp/Attila Csaszar)

"We understand there are very strong pushes from certain sectors of society for inclusion and the embracing of changing times," Mr Katter said. "But we are concerned that, under the guise of 'inclusion', female players in contact sports could end up being exposed to an increased risk of concussion and injury by being forced to play with people who, biologically, are not female.

"Further there are serious questions about issues around equity and possible competitive advantages that exist by allowing transgender players to play in elite women's competitions."

Mr Katter called on Queensland female contact sports to follow the lead of International Rugby which has ruled transgender women should not play rugby union at an elite level.

This decision came after a comprehensive review of a cross-section of experts of the medical, physiological, risk, socio-ethical and sporting environment, Mr Katter said.

The party's call the decision earlier this month of AFL, Hockey Australia, Netball Australia, Rugby Australia, Tennis Australia and three other sports to include transgender people in their sports.

Middle-distance runner Ricki Couglan, who was Australia's first out transgender woman in sport, told ABC earlier this month the new guidelines would make a more respectful environment in sport.

Transgender athlete Ricki Coughlan poses during the launch of Australian national sporting organisations' policies and guidelines on transgender and gender diverse inclusion at Sydney Cricket Ground on October 01, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
Transgender athlete Ricki Coughlan poses during the launch of Australian national sporting organisations' policies and guidelines on transgender and gender diverse inclusion at Sydney Cricket Ground on October 01, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

"It's about creating a welcoming atmosphere," she said.

"But it also means that we know what to do technically, as well.

"The world still has a way to go on this. But I think wherever we are, we have to begin with inclusion."

 

 

 

caitlan.charles@news.com.au

Originally published as Katter's push to ban trans athletes



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