Former Olympian Swimmer Says Trans Mob Has ‘Made My Life Hell’

Former swimmer Sharon Davies says standing up for women's rights in sports has led to death threats and left her financially destitute

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Former Olympian swimmer Sharon Davies has revealed that she is struggling to keep her career as a pundit and a sports ambassador going because she has been relentlessly attacked by trans ‘activists’ for speaking up for women’s rights in sports.

Davies has long been outspoken in her opposition to biological men competing against women in swimming and other sports.

In 2016 she and 60 other influential figures in sports lobbied the International Olympic Committee (IOC), asking the body to reevaluate the rules for allowing biological males to compete against women.

Her stance stems from having been robbed of a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics by an East German team who doped their female swimmers with testosterone.

In an op-ed for Newsweek, Davies notes 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.”

English competitive swimmer Sharron Davies, UK, 5th August 1984. (Photo by David Thorpe/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

“I could not stand by and say nothing as another generation misses out on what’s rightfully theirs,” Davies says.

She adds, “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.”

Now she says that employers, charities and agents she has worked with for decades 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.

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, adding “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 also says that she has had death threats to herself and her children.

Davies also notes that others in her field have kept quiet for fear of being ‘cancelled’ by the mob.

“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.”

As we highlighted last month, Swimming’s world governing body FINA slapped a total ban on transgender athletes that have gone through any form of male puberty from taking part in women’s competitions.

Davies praised the decision, asserting that she was “proud” of Fina for “doing the science, asking the athletes/coaches and standing up for fair sport for females.”

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, adding “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.”


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