The University of Pennsylvania’s nomination of a man for the NCAA “Woman of the Year” award is another nail in the coffin for women’s collegiate sports, former NCAA female swimming champion Marshi Smith said on the Todd Starnes Show.
Smith’s comments come after biological male swimmer Lia Thomas, who identifies as a female, won the NCAA’s swimming championship and was nominated for a prestigious award designated for female athletes.
After Thomas’s victory sparked outrage among those who care about fairness in female athletics, The University of Pennsylvania reinforced their stance on men competing in women’s competitions by nominating Thomas for the “Woman of the Year” award.
“If we didn’t have a separate category of eligibility designated for female athletes, then there wouldn’t be any women athletic sports because men dominate due to strength and speed physiological advantages that women can’t compete directly,” Smith told Starnes.
She continued, “So for people to tell women now that you have to be inclusive by allowing men into this category, it’s completely backwards.”
Smith also co-founded ICONS (The Independent Council on Women’s Sports) to preserve the integrity of female athletics.
When explaining her motivation for joining this fight, Smith said that she is doing this for the female athletes of the next generation.
“We really need to put our foot down right this moment so that things like this do not continue to occur throughout all sports,” Smith exclaimed.
She added, “it’s not a legacy we’re willing to give to our daughters and granddaughters.”
Listen to the full conversation below: