There was a tremendous amount of uproar after Lia Thomas became the first openly transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I National Championship in women’s swimming. Many spoke out saying it was unfair to women for someone who was born male to be able to compete against women. People who spoke out against it were accused of being transphobic by the far left.
Now, Lia Thomas has been nominated to become NCAA’s Woman of the Year. The nomination was from the University of Pennsylvania. The 22-year-old athlete was one of 577 graduating student-athletes from Divisions I, II and II to be nominated for the prestigious award.
According to a statement from the NCAA, the award “recognizes female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in their community, in athletics and in academics throughout their college careers.”
Many aren’t in favor of the nomination. Tennis great Martina Navratilova is one of them.
Another female athlete, a former Kentucky swimmer, isn’t either.
Gaines tweeted, “[t]his award combines athletic performance with academics, service, and character. What character has Thomas shown other than sheer selfishness and entitlement? The disrespect and disregard for the other female athletes in Thomas’ interviews is eye opening.”
ICONS (Independent Council on Women’s Sports) Women tweeted, “We condemn the nomination of a male for @NCAA Woman of the Year. @pennathletics & @IvyLeague selection surrenders another accolade meant to celebrate female accomplishments. Women deserve fair competition and acknowledgement that the best collegiate female athletes are not male.”
There is nothing transphobic about knowing what is fair in women’s sports. Someone like Lia Thomas had an unfair advantage over the women in the competition, due to the anatomy and physiology of being born male. Should the NCAA consider the nomination?