Speak Up For Women's Sport - Resources

There are many advocates for women's sport as well as scientists, athletes, and academics speaking out about the issue of male athletes being allowed to compete in women's sport due to their professed gender identity. Here are just a few resources for you to check out in order to get a better understanding of the issues.


"This fa'afafine or man should have never been allowed by the Pacific Games Council president to lift with the women. I was shocked when I first heard about it," he told the Samoa Observer.​..

Samoa 2019 chairman Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio called Hubbard's participation in the women's over-87 kilograms "unfair"...."We all know that it is not fair to the women lifters but that is a reality we face in the world of sports.

STUFF.CO.NZ | Samoan PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi hits out at Laurel Hubbard | 22 JUL 2019

SAMOAN OBSERVER | Hubbard moment the biggest and most blatant injustice in Samoa XVI Pacific Games | Mata'afa Keni Lesa | 15 JUL 2019

Dr Emma Hilton is a developmental biologist and University Lecturer. She has published more than twenty manuscripts on developmental biology and genetics and was named Outstanding Young Investigator by the European Society of Human Genetics, for her research.

Dr Nicola Williams is a research scientist specialising in human biology. She has held a number of senior scientific positions within the pharmaceutical industry. She is now dedicated to her full-time voluntary role as campaign director and public spokeswoman for Fair Play For Women.

Victoria Hood is a cyclist and team manager. Victoria competed as a cyclist on both road and track. She now runs an elite women’s cycling team, with a development pathway for youth and junior girls. In recent years, she’s been British national masters track champion in two disciplines. She spoke at #WPUKFairPlay in London on 10 July 2019.

Alison is a professor of physiology at University of Otago. She explains the multiple effects of testosterone in male foetal development and that these hormonal effects do not diminish later in life. This lecture was recorded at a Speak Up For Women event in February 2019.

Retired Olympic Swimmer and medal-winner, Sharron Davies, is interviewed on Sky News about why she opposes male athletes competing in women's sports based on their gender identity.

Male and female sports are separated for a reason. The world records in sporting events provides exhaustive evidence that males dominate athletic performance.

Even before birth, genetic building blocks are giving athletes born male a massive advantage over females |


"We conclude that the advantage to trans women afforded by the IOC guidelines is an intolerable unfairness," they stated in their research paper.

Researchers claim testosterone cap won't fix trans athletes' 'unfair advantage' |