“I told my fellow officials that I can no longer participate in a sport which allows biological men to compete against women.”
We have been following this crazy story for a couple of weeks now. Is this a tipping point?
The Washington Times reports:
USA Swimming official quits in protest over transgender swimmer Lia Thomas
Cynthia Millen has officiated at USA Swimming events for 30 years, but she hung up her whistle last week in protest over Penn transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, and she hopes others will follow her lead.
Ms. Millen said she notified USA Swimming of her decision in a Dec. 17 letter, saying she realized as she packed for the US Paralympics Swimming National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, that “I can’t do this, I can’t support this.” She pulled out of the event.
“I told my fellow officials that I can no longer participate in a sport which allows biological men to compete against women. Everything fair about swimming is being destroyed,” she said in her letter, which she shared with The Washington Times.
The 22-year-old Thomas has smashed records in her first year competing against women after three years on the men’s team, posting this nation’s best times in the 200 and 500 freestyle events and making a run at NCAA marks set by Olympic greats Missy Franklin and Katie Ledecky.
Ms. Millen said that if she officiated at a meet that included Thomas, she would rule the University of Pennsylvania senior ineligible to compete against female swimmers.
“If Lia came on my deck as a referee, I would pull the coach aside and say, ‘Lia can swim, but Lia can swim exhibition or a time trial. Lia cannot compete against those women because that’s not fair,’” Ms. Millen told The Washington Times.
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