Respect My Sex activist fears the end of women's sport as trans debate rages on

Heather Binning believes there will not be elite sportswomen in the future because 'their place is taken by a man' at grassroots level

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A Respect My Sex activist is worried for the future of women’s sport as the transgender debate continues.

Heather Binning says she finds it “absurd” that “some people in society think that they want to be part of” women’s sport.

When asked on Dan Wootton Tonight whether women’s sport will die off unless more is done to prevent transgender athletes from competing, Ms Binning said: “Absolutely, there is no women sport. It will just be sport.

“There was a time when it was just sport, and then women’s sport came along.

Heather Binning
Heather Binning
Trans swimmer Lia Thomas sparked the debate
Trans swimmer Lia Thomas sparked the debate

“I think it was 1984 before women’s cycling was in the Olympics, but it’s not that long ago.

“It’s absolutely absurd that finally we had women’s sports and for some reason some people in society think that they want to be part of that.”

She continued: “Their place is taken by a man, and that’s happening at the grassroots, community level sports.

“So there will not be elite women because they are just walking away from it.

The debate sparked when Lia Thomas became the first transgender woman to win an NCAA swimming title last month.

While a major sponsor of British Cycling has pulled out in protest of the governing body suspending their transgender policy.

The world governing body the UCI has previously refused to allow transgender athlete Emily Bridges to compete in a competition in Derby.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also had his say on the debate.

Mr Johnson said: “I don't think that it's reasonable for kids to be deemed so-called Gillick-competent to take decisions about their gender or irreversible treatments that they may have. I think there should be parental involvement at the very least."

Speaking at the New Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, he added: “I don't think that biological men should be competing in female sporting events.

“We will have a ban on gay conversion therapy, which to me is utterly abhorrent.