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keeping it fair for women and girls
in New Zealand and Australia

I was privileged to have an athletic career at a time of emergence of equity in middle-distance and distance events for women. The inclusion of the marathon in the 1984 Olympics was a huge milestone achieved by the efforts of women runners around the world lobbying to have their own category as female competitors. Without this biological distinction I, and my fellow women competitors, would never have been selected to run in the Olympics, and I certainly would have had zero opportunity of realising my lifelong dream of standing on the Olympic podium. While I appreciate that transgender people wish to compete in the category of their choosing, the well-documented hormonal advantage of biologically-born males over females simply undoes all that we worked so hard for. I would fully support transgender women lobbying for their own category, as pioneering sportswomen successfully did in the late 20th century.

Lorraine Moller MBE, Four-time Olympian, Boston Marathon Winner
& Forerunner for Equality in Women’s Athletics

Image by Buda Mendes - FIFA via Getty Images

While everyone has the right to play sport, no one has the right to play in any category they choose.


Sport is meaningless without fair competition, which is why we have separate categories for disabled people, for children, for men, and for women. However, a desire to be inclusive is having unintended negative consequences for women and girls, who are losing fair and meaningful competition at all levels of female sport. Find out more about what’s driving our mission to preserve biology-based eligibility standards for participation in female sports on the links below:

Image by Quinn Rooney - via Getty Images

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