Former Olympian Swimmer: Transgender ‘Activists’ Have ‘Made My Life Hell’
Sharon Davies stands up to 'hate mob'
Former Olympian swimmer Sharon Davies said that trans ‘activists’ have made her "life hell" as she struggles to keep her career as a pundit and a sports ambassador.
Davies stood up to the trans "hate mob" in her opposition to biological men competing against women in swimming and other sports.
Davies along with with 60 other influential figures in sports lobbied the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2016, asking the body to reevaluate the rules for allowing biological males to compete against women.
Davies was robbed of a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics by an East German team who doped their female swimmers with testosterone.
Davies notes in a op-ed for Newsweek that “The East German women had been doped with testosterone and put through male puberty. They looked and sounded like men; they had male physiques, male voices, they even had Adam’s apples.”
“I could not stand by and say nothing as another generation misses out on what’s rightfully theirs,” Davies says.
A trans woman is a trans women & is biologically male. And will always be male….. no amount of wishing or feelings will change that very simple anatomical fact!— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) July 22, 2022
“The reason I am so vocal about the trans issue is because you’re now asking the next generation of females to go through what I went through: start a race with somebody next to you who you know has an unfair advantage.”
She now says employers, charities and agents are dropping her under pressure from the angry trans mob.
“There’s been so much hate and bullying,” the British swimming medalist and MBE told You magazine.
“It’s been very hard. Charities I’ve worked with for 30 years have dropped me, and agents I’ve worked with for 30 or 40 years don’t use me anymore, because the trans activists can be so vicious and malicious – they go after your work, after your brand, they attack everything,” Davies asserted.
Putting it here 4those who appear not 2understand biology! Humans cannot change biological sex. No matter how anyone feels. We can & should be allowed 2express ourselves however makes us happy in total safety. Sport (a physical activity) must offer equal opportunities 2both sexes— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) July 24, 2022
Davies added that she has only managed to keep her career going because of an inheritance from her mother.
“The money’s nearly gone now. But I can’t back down,” Davies said.
“If you have the courage of your convictions you have to back those up with evidence and science and then you just have to hold your ground.”
The former swimmer said that she has had death threats to herself and her children.
“Loads of female athletes have supported my campaigning,” Davies outlines, adding “The problem is that people are worried about trans activists, so a lot of people tend to keep their heads down. Of the 60 people who signed our letter, only four or five had ever put their head above the parapet. The rest of them remained anonymous.”
Davies says that despite the torrent of hate she has received from the mob, her position outside of sports is not anti-trans.
“I have friends with trans children, I have made friends with lots of transgender people during this process because the majority totally understand,” Davies notes.
“A lot just want to live their lives and think this argument is making things more difficult for them.”
Davies is refusing to back down, urging “I feel so passionately about this, though it’s all been worth it. Sport has taught me to be resilient – you get knocked down seven times and get up eight times.”
“We still have a lot of work to do. I’ll now be campaigning for every single sport to ban trans women from the female category,” Davies proudly states, reasoning that “Women’s races are there for females. That’s why they have that category. Women’s races are not there for mediocre males.”
“I quite like having a crusade now,” Davies also notes, adding “It suits me to be busy.”