Beth Stelzer isn’t a swimmer, she’s an amateur powerlifter.
But she has been at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta for the past three days to protest the controversial transgender swimmer Lia Thomas‘ Presence at the NCAA swimming championships.
Thomas completed the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, taking 33.24 seconds on Thursday night the first known transgender athlete to win a Division I national championship in any sport.
Stelzer, 37, was joined in Atlanta by women from across the country who are part of Save women sport, a group she says fights for biological gender-based fitness for women’s sports. The group is part of a growing headwind against transgender athletes like Thomas.
“This is not an anti-Lia campaign,” Stelzer told the Post. “It’s a pro-women campaign. We believe that everyone should exercise fairly.”
Stelzer said that while Save Women’s Sports has members from across the political spectrum, she said many are former lifelong Democrats who are disillusioned with what she called the “radical ideology” of the Democratic Party.
Amy Sousa, who joined Stelzer and others in protesting Thomas in Atlanta, said Fox News She is “a lifelong registered Democrat who ultimately feels politically homeless” because the Democratic Party no longer “represents my beliefs or my views.”
“We came here to support the female athletes,” Stelzer told the Post. “Our intention was to raise awareness in a respectful way while also letting the girls know that they matter and that we will be holding the line for them.”
Stelzer founded the group, she said, after JayCee Cooper a transgender womanattempted to compete in the 2019 US Powerlifting Women’s State Championship, which Stelzer also competed in.
“I’m just your average American mom and at first I thought it was a joke,” Stelzer said.
“It threw me down a rabbit hole in what turned out to be the eradication of women in sport.”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/19/save-womens-sports-founder-says-group-isnt-anti-lia-thomas/ The Save Women’s Sports founder says the group isn’t against Lia Thomas