Recently a transgender boy by the name of Mack Beggs won the girls wrestling state championship in Texas. Not only did she win the state championship at the high school level, she completed an undefeated season to go along with it. Mack claimed he would’ve prefered to compete against boys, but the rules stated she had to compete with girls due to the gender on her birth certificate being female. It is believed the testosterone she was taking to help with her transition may have also given her an unfair advantage.
As a high school athlete myself, I support steroid and PED use at—and only at—the professional level. Definitely not at a high school or college level for athletes are still developing, both physically, mentally, and in terms of their sport. Look at it as an inequality; awesome athletes on steroids will always be better than normal athletes on steroids. The awesome athletes will be better because they were better than the other athletes before steroids.
However, this is not the case with Mack Beggs.
Beggs was allowed to use a performance enhancing substance to help with the transgender transition, but none of the other wrestlers had access to testosterone. This makes it quite unfair, and frankly outrages me. Not only did she in all probability win (for she may have won anyway, but we’ll never know) due to an unfair advantage, but also the high schools seemed to have simply ignored the fact she was taking testosterone, and that it may give her an unfair boost. Athletes in high school shouldn’t be allowed any substance that can improve one’s performance no matter the condition, unless that condition prevents them from competing.
Being one of the best fourteen year old sprinters in New Hampshire, this spring I will be running everyday and on a majority of these days up to three hours! Not to forget cross training as well. I will be looking to secure one of the top five spots for my events in Region One. This would send me to Detroit for USATF Junior Olympic Nationals.
Not making it would anger me, but there is one thing that would anger me further: Losing my spot to someone who was taking a performance enhancing substance for a silly reason like coping with the transition of being transgender. This must have been how some of Mack Beggs opponents must have felt.
They felt cheated. Cheated out of all the work the put in by someone who was allowed unfair advantage because they were transgender.
It seemed like it was only a matter of time before the transgender issue hit sports in a big way, such as this. There needs to be strict set of rules for transgenders in sports to prevent them from gaining unfair advantages at high school and college levels, as well as the middle school levels. A few rules are already in place like the birth certificate rule in Texas. But that only prevents transgender girls from competing with other girls and transgender boys from competing with other boys. Thankfully we at least have this rule, for without it sports would in a sense become coed.
On the other hand, to my knowledge, there are no rules preventing transgender athletes from doing what Mack Beggs did. She gained an unfair advantage because of her condition. All sports organizations need to reach universal rules on this issue to preserve the nature of sport as a real competition, not a drug-fueled gender fantasy.