Hannah Mouncey, r., dominated women’s football in Australia. (Credit: Nicole Garmston)

Sydney, AU – Sport Australia has joined with the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports to establish national guidelines intended to make sports “inclusive” for individuals who identify as transgender or gender diverse.

New guidelines encourage sporting organizations – including coaches, umpires, staff, players, spectators and volunteers – to permit transgender and non-binary athletes to compete against members of the opposite sex, welcome transgender and non-binary athletes into bathroom and shower facilities designated for the opposite sex, place disposal bins for used female hygiene products in male change rooms, convert some or all facilities to “unisex / gender neutral” to accommodate non-binary athletes and provide “non-gendered uniforms” that fit the physique of both sexes.

It is a breach of the guidelines for players to refuse to compete against or participate on a team with transgender and non-binary athletes, fail to affirm their gender with preferred pronouns, say they are in the wrong bathroom or change room, or ask about their bodies.

Transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey served as a consultant for the new guidelines. The 6′ 3, 250-lb tower of muscle dominated football on the Victorian Women’s Football League before being ruled ineligible for the Australian Women’s Football League, and now commands Australian women’s handball. Mr Mouncey praised Sports Australia’s “stand for inclusivity.”

Hannah gets entangled with a woman.
Hannah Mouncey in tangle with woman during a football game. He has broken a woman’s leg during professional sports. (Credit: Nicole Garmston; Courtesy: Mercury)

The document skirts over the advantage of high testosterone levels in sports, claiming research is limited on how the natural hormone affects “transgender women.” The average female body has 2.8 NMOL/L of testosterone, while the average male body has 23-25 NMOL/L. The International Association of Athletics Federation requires men who identify as women to lower their testosterone to 5 nmol/L, while the International Olympic Committee (IOC) permits up to 10 nmol/L of testosterone.

While the document notes that “transgender and gender diverse people have reported experiencing harassment or violence while accessing bathrooms,” there is no mention of how mixed-sex change rooms and restrooms will affect women and girls, who are predominantly the victims of voyeurism and sexual assaults in such facilities.

Hannah Mouncey plays in Asian Handball Federation Championship 2018.
Hannah Mouncey plays in Asian Handball Federation Championship 2018.

Women’s rights activist and writer Eileen Haley denounced the guidelines as “yet another instance of excluding women in the name of inclusivity”:

My father, a primary schoolteacher, used to say the Queensland Education Department adopted educational theories and practices just as they were being discredited and abandoned in their countries of origin. Well, the same can be said of the Australian Human Rights Commission in relation to the participation of transgender people in sport.

Just as outrage grows and spills over in the UK, the USA, etc, due to unfair wins by male-bodied people in women’s sports comps, the AHRC has got out this atrocious faux-naïve document, dripping in trans-extremist ideology, which is likely to send women and girls packing up their sports gear in fury and frustration and heading for home. Yet another instance of excluding women in the name of inclusivity.

~Eileen Haley

The UK and US have seen a growing backlash against gender identity policies in sports. Prominent UK female athletes have come forward to publicly denounce policies that compel female athletes to compete against men who identify as transgender. Student female athletes in the US recently filed a federal anti-discrimination lawsuit challenging transgender policies that have enabled teen male athletes to dominate girls’ teams and collect scholarship money intended for female athletes. Additionally, a recently released Rasmussen Report found that most Americans oppose policies that enable male athletes to compete on female teams, even when doing so affirms the male athlete’s gender identity.

Australia’s 2019 “Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport” also suggest that sporting organizations limit the personal information and documents requested from team applicants in order to avoid discovery of those who identify as transgender or gender diverse. Staff, players and volunteers are expected to receive “education and training” on gender diversity.

Featured image: Hannah Mouncey (Credit: 60 Minutes)

UPDATED 8:01 PM Sunday, June 23, 2019 UTC: Correction regarding Hannah Mouncey’s sports history

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Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport (2019)
Australian Human Rights Commission
Introduction These Guidelines have been developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission (the Commission), in partnership with Sport Australia and the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS), to provide guidance to sporting organisations on promoting the inclusion and participation of transgender and gender diverse people in sport.

9 COMMENTS

  1. This is violates fair play – fairness in sports. So they consulted with transgender but leave women out of the conversation? Isn’t it interesting that no matter what the gender biological males demands come first?

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  2. Absolute stupidity. Let them have their own trans/ ? competition. Australia is becoming more of a society dominated by far the far left. If a Politicians/ high society/judges child is injured playing against these ( I can’t win in the boys/men’s competition) so I will win in the girls/women’s watch the way the media/courts react. Why don’t the women forfeit against the teams/events that have “unfair”players. Make a stand Australia, or do we end up like the American trans’ winning college events. I’m sure Mr Puton wouldn’t stand for a men winning against women.

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  3. At 54 I am still playing cricket and I umpire womens cricket as well and not taking anything away from womens cricket which i great but if a Hannah Mouncey sized player decided he wanted to transgender and play in womens cricket teams I would refuse to umpire the game. I know enough to state that my clubs best womens players have occasionally filled in out thirds and struggled especially against faster bowling as they are not used to facing it. We had to ask one bowler who was normally a seconds player to take it easy on our lady player who was filling in and batting close to last, I batted last so she could get a decent hit and together we made 45 before she got out on about 6 runs. I cant imagine what damage one of our quick bowlers would do in the womens comp if they transgendered. This cant be allowed to happen. It is wrong on so many levels.

  4. I sometimes wonder how many genuinely trans-gender males to females really want to compete in female sporting competition! I know a member of my immediate family who is in the process of changing from the male to the female. This is NOT some pre-adolescent folly, but a long considered (20 years) decision by someone with an IQ exceeding Mensa standards and a sporting pedigree that most would never even dream about!

    Even when he identified as a male at the age of 15, this person would have compared more than favourably with the best of Australia’s top level female athletes. But she knows that her previous position as an elite male athlete would NEVER give any chance of success to a normal female athlete, and would never dream of trying to impose herself into a female T & F competition. The male/females who try to win at female sports are the also-rans at male sports! The VERY FEW truly ELITE male athletes who transition would never be interested in winning tainted medals in any sport!

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    • Your immediate family member is a man, as transition from one sex to another is impossible. If he had the IQ level of a genius, as claimed, he would know that he cannot convert his reproductive biology, the sex chromosomes that are in every cell throughout his body, the DNA, the skeletal structure, and so on, from a male’s to a female’s. If he knows yet demands that everyone, including his family, lie and pretend, it is an act of dishonesty and manipulation. It is ok to look as we please, but not to force everyone around us into a game of roleplay and denial of reality, especially when women’s and girls’ human rights, long fought for, can be compromised or health is at stake when medical science and doctors must ignore the difference in symptoms and risks, what sex can be diagnosed with which conditions, the difference in medicinal dosages, and so on. Already, an infant has died because nurses didn’t think to check the mother – who believed she’d transitioned into a man – for pregnancy.

      The rest of your comment is fair.

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