single sex sports
We lost the right to exclude male-bodied people from women’s sports, even where including males’ risks injury for females. We are have lost the right for fair competition for women, as women's rights are ignored over the demands of trans-identifying males. See examples of men taking women's spaces in Women's sports in Australia below and the organisations responsible for the loss of those rights:
The name of the female athlete who missed out on selection for the NZ Weightlifting 2021 Olympic team is unknown. Critics of the IOC rules that prioritised "inclusion" over fairness and safety, were told to remain silent on their concerns - Reuters 2021. Yet those with gender identities can already compete because they are included - alongside everyone else - in the sex categories in which they belong.
World Rugby instituted a ban on transgender players in the elite women's game last year citing safety concerns and New Zealand Rugby's guidelines will focus on grassroots community rugby."We want sport to be as inclusive as possible," NZR chief executive Mark Robinson told Newshub."There's different possibilities here we just need to work through. We're not going to speculate at this stage or in any way circumvent the consultation we're about to undertake."The consultation will include players and club officials as NZR are keen that any final decision involve those in the game at the grassroots, a spokesman said. - Radio New Zealand - June 2022
Transgender athletes will be able to participate in community sport in New Zealand in the gender they identify with and not need to prove or justify their identity, according to new guiding principles released by Sport New Zealand.
The guidelines do not apply to elite sport and it will be up to individual sports to define where and how transgender athletes participate, the governing body said. - Guardian Dec 2022
Sports NZ - the funding body fof the NZ Government for sporting organisations, completed their consultation with "key stakeholders" in July 2022, in regards to producing "Guiding Principles - Inclusion of Transgender Principles in Community Sport". In December 2022, this document was published: Guiding Principles for the Inclusion of Transpeople in Community Sport.
The existing bias of Sports NZ in regards to the consideration given to women and girls safety and fairness, is shown in the following statement on their website: "Exclusion from physical activity can have an alienating effect on individuals and groups. This can be particularly harmful to transgender people who may have lived experience of mental distress and marginalisation, including chronic, repeated experiences of exclusion, stigma and discrimination, in many areas of their daily life.
We are encouraging sport and physical activity to be provided in an inclusive way that ensures that everyone is able to, and feels comfortable, undertaking physical activity. An inclusive approach allows transgender individuals to take part in their self-determined gender and not the sex they were assigned at birth. It does not ask people to prove or otherwise justify their gender, sex or gender identity."
Identified stakeholders are organisations that advocate for transgender "inclusion" policies that exclude transgender people from having to meet any criteria under the category of sex, thereby making such categories nonsensical. The document that records the submission participants and processes is vague in its recordkeeping, and light on details regarding stakeholders: eg. advocacy groups. There does not appear to be any effort to engage with those speaking on protecting safety and fairness for women and girl participants.
Speaking up for female athletes in NZ: