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Olympian Sharron Davies claims her views on trans athletes have left her facing bankruptcy

Lily Wakefield July 25, 2022
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Sharron Davies. (Getty/ Lia Toby)

Olympian Sharron Davies has claimed that she has received so much backlash for her anti-trans views that she is on the brink of bankruptcy.

A former Olympic swimmer, Davies, 59, has been outspoken about her opposition to trans inclusion in sports.

Last month Davies, a fan of JK Rowling who has compared drag to “blackface” and has been branded “transphobic” by a group of LGBTQ+ sports organisations in the UK, celebrated when the swimming world governing body FINA voted to ban trans women from competing in women’s events.

Despite her own decision to publicly make comments opposing trans athletes, Davies now appears to be claiming that she has become a victim of cancel culture.

In an interview with the Daily Mail’s You magazine, Davies said: “There’s been so much hate and bullying. It’s been very hard.

“Charities I’ve worked with for 30 years have dropped me, agents I’ve worked with for 30 or 40 years don’t use me any more, because the trans activists can be so vicious and malicious – they go after your work, after your brand, they attack everything.”

Sharron Davies has been forced to live off her inheritance: ‘World’s smallest violin’

Sharron Davies told the magazine that she is living on inheritance from her mother, and continued: “The money’s nearly gone now. But I can’t back down.

“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.”

Despite her claims that trans activists have “attacked everything” when it comes to her career, Davies is still being supported by the BBC. From Thursday (28 July), the former Olympian will act as poolside reporter at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

She confirmed to the Daily Mail last month: “BBC Sport have been very good. I will be working for them at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

“I am very much looking forward to being on the side of the pool.”

 

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