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UK’s first transgender wrestler set to partake in first wrestling matches

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  1. Christine Beckett 6 Sep 2013, 6:04pm

    Go, Girl…!!!

    :-)

  2. “Continuing she said she was apprehensive at first about joining the wrestling world given that she will be competing against men in her matches and how “masculine and macho” it can be but she talked of being well supported and treated with respect.”

    And why would she be competing against men? The story doesn’t clarify this point.

    1. IOC rules are that trans* people (including women) compete in their current gender after they have been taking hormones for at least two years. So if Ms Cunningham were competing in amateur freestyle wrestling (as seen at the Olympics), she should be competing against other women.

      But Ms Cunningham is trying to get into pro entertainment wrestling with UK Wrestling Ltd.

      UK govt. guidance is that trans* people may only be required to compete alongside those of the other gender “to ensure fair competition or the safety of competitors”. If the IOC is satisfied that Ms Cunningham can compete safely and fairly against other women, then I doubt UK Wrestling Ltd has reached a different view.

      Mixed (male-female) matches are part of the pro format, but this seems to go beyond that so she is competing only with men, presumably to exploit her attractiveness and her trans history. She has a good case for discrimination against UK Wrestling Ltd.

      1. gentlemind 7 Sep 2013, 5:14pm

        What a tangled web we weave.

        The story troubled me until it was made clear that he will be wrestling other men. No problem. Ditto if a woman pretending to be a man were to wrestle other women.

  3. Velvet Steele 7 Sep 2013, 8:49pm

    Go GRRL!!! OOXX

  4. Drew-Ashlyn 8 Sep 2013, 4:20pm

    i can compete against both. but i train in a gym which doesnt tend to have women train. so its easier to fight the other guys there since they know how i work etc. the moves ive learnt are easier to perform on guys like the headscissors takedown which is viewable on youtube as they can easily hold my weight. i fight as a woman and live as one. however its easier to fight the guys with the stuff i wanna do.

  5. Sinead Harkin 9 Sep 2013, 9:49pm

    Good luck and best wishes Drew

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