A trans woman has been crowned state champion in a California-Nevada high school ski race – prompting the father of one of her competitors to say boys who have gone through ‘male puberty’ shouldn’t compete against girls.
June Watterson, who goes by she/her pronouns, ranked number one in the High School State Champions women’s slalom race at the California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski & Snowboard Federation (CNISSF) state finals for ski athletes.
Watterson, who is currently a sophomore at Davis Senior High School, took first place in the women’s heat on March 6 with a combined result of 1:08.29 – beating Carlie Chandler, who came second, by 17 seconds.
The concerned parent spoke to DailyMail.com exclusively but asked to remain anonymous – noting that others who have spoken out against trans athletes have been met with relentless backlash and he hoped to protect his daughter’s privacy.
June Watterson (circled), who goes by she/her pronouns, ranked number one in the High School State Champions women’s slalom race at the California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski & Snowboard Federation (CNISSF) state finals for ski athletes
Last year, davisenterprise.com noted that Watterson had been competing with the Davis boys ski team – Watterson noted that she would hope to compete in women’s events now that she’s started to transition
‘Hormones and drugs are just introducing drugs into sport. It’s not fair on the girls. I’m all about being inclusive and accepting people, but they have men racing in women’s sports,’ the parent said.
‘It’s pretty clear to me or anyone with a brain that if you are going through or have gone through male puberty then you should only race against people who have gone through or are going through male puberty.’
Watterson has openly spoken about her transition on social media, just two weeks ago posting a picture of herself at the Redwood/Repack region cycling Petaluma round up.
She said she was only six months into taking estrogen and was still competing in the men’s heat for the competition. It remains unclear why she was competing in men’s cycling and women’s skiing.
‘Today was an amazing end to a great season. I took 15th place in the state championship race and 8th place in the Redwood/Repack regional standings!’ she wrote.
‘There were a lot of factors this season that made it not the season I was hoping for, including being 6 months on estrogen in the men’s field, but I’m still happy with how I did the whole season.
‘I’m looking forward to next year and hopefully competing in women’s varsity! The work isn’t done though, and I still have the whole summer season and cyclocross until then! See you out there.’
The ski competitor’s father said that his ‘daughter worked hard all season and qualified to represent her high school this year.’
‘I asked her how she felt. She said she was supportive, and her team had ‘come to terms’ with it,’ the parent said.
‘These kids, they are kids, [and] live in the world adults have created. I don’t blame the winning athlete. This is a failure at the administrative level and higher.
‘I’ll point out the obvious: you ruin women’s sports by allowing males to compete in women’s sports.’
The event which took place at Northstar near Lake Tahoe saw about 50 schools represented with approximately 200 athletes competing.
Last year, davisenterprise.com noted that Watterson had been competing with the Davis boys ski team.
In a bid to see women compete in a fair environment, the parent said he was ‘shocked’ and ‘appalled’ that his daughter just had to ‘come to terms’ with Watterson taking the win.
‘Speaking for parents of female athletes, are we just expected to ‘come to terms’ with this? No amount of hormone therapy or re/deconstructive surgery will change the biological muscular and skeletal differences between those born with XX and those born with XY chromosomes,’ he said.
‘The assumption is that when my daughter competes in the women’s division, she competes against other females. She is not in a co-ed or open division.
‘It’s one thing to read about these things happening in other places and quite another to witness it first-hand. This injustice to young women cannot continue anywhere, especially not on my doorstep.’
Watterson’s (circled) win prompted a competitor’s father to speak out about ‘fairness’ of girls having to compete against boys who have been through ‘male puberty’
The concerned father said: ‘No amount of hormone therapy or re/deconstructive surgery will change the biological muscular and skeletal differences’ between boys and girls. Watterson seen in a picture posted to social media in which she identifies as female
Watterson, who is currently a sophomore at Davis Senior High School, took first place in the women’s heat on March 6 with a combined result of 1:08.29 – beating Carlie Chandler, who came second, by 17 seconds
After her win, Watterson posted to social media with pictures from the March event noting that being state champion felt ‘unreal.’
‘All those days of training hard paid off, and I couldn’t be happier with the result! I just want to thank my team, who have all supported me so much this season,’ she said in the post along with photos and videos from the event.
‘All my coaches are amazing, and I’m so proud of my lovely teammates! It’s taken a lot of work and dedication for us to get here, but we did it!
‘Individual state champions in both women’s and men’s (congrats Lukas!), women’s team state champion, 3rd place men’s team, and 3rd overall. This season has been a crazy one but we ended on a high note, I love you all!’
The concerned parent said he felt as though ‘kids these days are a bit brainwashed’ into being supportive.
‘But you have to point out that this male won, he displaced the girls,’ he said.
‘Even if you didn’t finish on the podium, he still pushed you down the list even further. And what about next year? This isn’t going away until people speak up.’
The by-laws of the CNISSF does not specifically note how men and women are categorized, however the California Interscholastic Federation follows ‘Gender Identity Participation’ rules which were first implemented in 2013.
That means that any transgender student can compete in athletics and activities which is ‘consistent with their gender identity.’
The guide adds: ‘Athletes will participate in programs consistent with their gender identity or the gender most consistently expressed.’
Once a student has been granted eligibility to race as their gender identity, they do not need to be renewed each school year.
‘We are in the belly of the beast in California. Sensible people who aren’t afraid to speak up know that this is clearly wrong,’ he said.
‘This is the first instance of this happening in skiing and its uncharted territory. There is no legislation apart from the CIF, the schools don’t say anything about transgender competitors.
‘It’s going to get to a point where the top ten are all men. The solution is obvious, have an open class in every sport so it doesn’t matter. Hopefully we can get there.’
He said he wasn’t the only one shocked by the win, noting that others were ‘blindsided’ at the awards ceremony for the March race.
‘Next season it will be more on the radar, and this is one person. We don’t know if he’ll have graduated or be back, but it’s opened the door and it’s just going to get worse,’ he said.
‘I can’t believe this has become an issue, the House of Reps introduced the bill to protect women’s sports but not a single democrat voted for it and it astounds me that this has become a partisan issue. We just need common sense.’
California lawmakers killed a bill in April that would have required schools to notify parents if their child is transgender.
The state became the first in the nation to allow transgender kids from across America to access hormones and puberty blockers, as well as treatments being widely available across the Golden State.
The legislation also shields families from child abuse investigations or from being criminally prosecuted for seeking gender-affirming care.
Watterson has openly spoken about her transition on social media, just two weeks ago posting a picture of herself at the Redwood/Repack region cycling Petaluma round up
She said she was only six months into taking estrogen and was still competing in the men’s heat for the competition
It remains unclear why she was competing in men’s cycling and women’s skiing
But World Athletics in March banned trans athletes from competing in women’s events at international level, and the NCAA is in the process of introducing new rules which will see trans athletes adhere to much stricter regulations and undergo regular testing to ensure eligibility.
This led many social media users to call for female athletes to boycott events in which trans athletes take the field, with many pointing out that biological female athletes lose may lose out on scholarships and the chance to take part in major events due to the unfair advantages enjoyed by trans athletes competing against females.
In April, House Republicans passed a ban on transgender women and girls from competing in female school athletics.
No Democrats joined their conservative counterparts in voting for the bill, which will not be taken up in the Senate.
Republicans say the issue is about protecting women’s rights while Democrats say it opens up a fresh salvo to attack trans kids who already face bullying in schools.
‘Anyone who claims to be a feminist or believe in what feminism was founded upon, should probably stand with us,’ Rep. Beth Van Duyne, R-Texas, said in a news conference at the time.
Those on the other side of the aisle disagreed vehemently with Republicans.
‘These kids are kids and should be able to play with their friends. This isn’t about protecting women & girls, it’s about attacking trans kids,’ said Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan.
It comes after California senior Adeline Johnson, 18, placed fourth in the varsity girls’ 1,600-meter finals of the CIF-North Coast Section Meet of Champions after being beaten by transgender runner Athena Ryan.
The fourth-place spot meant that she missed out on the state championship and was seen gesturing a thumbs down after the race that took place on Saturday.
Parents of high school athletes forced to compete against a trans runner have told DailyMail.com that they are ‘too terrified’ to speak out for fear of their children being disqualified.
Her school has since denied that the motion was at her transgender counterpart, telling DailyMail.com that it was a response to her mother regarding Adeline’s individual performance and it ‘should not be construed as a statement about her competitors.’