Aussie Rules allows transgender player at state level | Sports


Former males’s handball player Hannah Mouncey is on her approach to the AFL. Photo: News Corp Australia

SYDNEY: The Australian Football League has agreed to let a transgender player take part within the nation´s second-tier state ladies´s competitors whereas the governing physique considers its gender range coverage for the nationwide league.

Hannah Mouncey, a former nationwide males´s handball consultant, final October misplaced her bid to participate within the AFL Women´s (AFLW) nationwide draft, barring her from the 2018 elite-level season.

Several golf equipment had reportedly proven curiosity in drafting Mouncey, who’s 1.90 metres tall (6ft 2in).

The league dominated her out as a result of benefit her bodily power and stamina would have over opponents within the newly fashioned semi-professional competitors, however left the door ajar for this 12 months´s draft because it finalises its gender range coverage.

On Tuesday the AFL made a landmark suggestion clearing Mouncey to play within the nation´s second-tier state competitors.

The pioneering transgender player welcomed the choice however described the final 4 months of deliberation as a “circus”, with a lack of know-how within the science of gender transition.

“I welcome the AFL´s decision, and I look forward to hopefully playing this season,” Mouncey mentioned in a Twitter assertion.

But she added: “I will not and I think it would be highly inappropriate for me to thank the AFL for allowing me to do something open to every other Australian, which the science and the research has supported all along.”

The AFL in 2017 launched a semi-professional nationwide ladies´s league, which has been heralded as a pioneer for inclusivity in a historically male-dominated sport.

The nationwide league mentioned Tuesday it was nonetheless finalising its gender range coverage, noting the International Olympic Committee was additionally reviewing its pointers on trans participation.

It added the Australian Sports Commission and the Australian Human Rights Commission have been additionally engaged on a framework for trans and gender participation in Australian sport extra typically.

“We are committed to inclusion, and want all Australians to be able to play or participate in our game,” AFL inclusion and social coverage supervisor Tanya Hosch mentioned in an announcement.

“These are complex issues and we are considering expert opinion, international frameworks and feedback from the communities that are impacted by our decisions.”

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