Outrage over trans athletes playing against biological women has been branded ‘harmful’ and ‘wrong from day one’

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Outrage over trans athletes playing against biological women has been branded ‘harmful’ and ‘wrong from day one’ – Gudstory

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Darts star Det Hedman has claimed that transgender players competing in the game is ‘harmful’ and ‘wrong from day one’.

Having played in the game for five decades, Hedman is one of the iconic faces of the game.

Victoria Monaghan recently became the first transgender star to compete at the WDF World Darts Championship in Lakeside last week.

Monaghan took part in the women’s tournament, while Noa-Lynn van Leeuwen became the first trans woman to play in a televised darts tournament at the Women’s World Matchplay in July.

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Delta Hedman expresses outrage over transgender athletes competing in darts


Hedman has now expressed his anger on this issue on Facebook.

In a lengthy statement, she began by saying: “Never wanted to post this before or during Lakeside because to me it is the most important women’s event there is.

“For many months I have struggled with transgender people playing in women’s world ranking events.

“For many years from the late 1980s I and others fought to get better recognition for women’s darts and had very little success at our own World Championships, the nearest success we had was in 1995 when the then BDO fielded 10 women Embassy World Play Offs Not accepted, until the BDO decided to hold a women’s championship, the first event included only 4 women, which grew to 8 by 2014 when it reached 16 women, I believe it was 2013. was when the winner reached £10,000 but the runner-up had £2,000.

“At my peak it was a 12km and 5km runner-up. Getting to this level was an effort and we fought for what we achieved!

“We extended the format to 5 sets, I remember the final with Lisa Ashton where we played all 5 sets without a break, the men would be rioting when faced with this.

“Then the WDF stepped up and the women’s top prize went up to £25,000, and while on the WDF board myself and others got an agreement for the Girls World Championships for the first time, which I am very proud of.

“So after years of struggle women got the right to showcase their skills on the world stage.

“Then came acceptance by the WDF, PDC, County Darts and independent events to allow trans women to play in women’s sports.

“I’ve thought this was wrong since day one, I’ve had no problem with transgenders in life, I’m no where close to Noah Lynn at darts but in fairness I seem to be a lovely person, I met Victoria Monaghan at Lakeside and “I have to admit that she is one. It’s true that we joked and joked a lot by the lake, but my personal opinion is that trans people should not play in women’s ranking events.”

He then said he had raised his concerns with darts chiefs.

“It’s been mentioned in board meetings, but everyone in all the organizations is concerned about the legal challenges and they need scientific proof that trans have the benefits of biological women over what the woke brigade calls cis women,” she said. “

“With this in mind I contacted Dr Linda Duffy née Batten, the world No. 1 woman whose talent never got the chance to play in a Women’s World Championship (although the Winmau Masters was our World Championship).

“Linda has published articles showing why trans players have advantages over biological females, especially when they have gone through puberty as a male!

“Without the curse of menstrual cycles in women, perimenopause, menopause, fibroids, pre- and post-natal hormone surges, endometriosis, etc., all these problems are faced by so-called cis women and a thing trans athletes never face. I know these aspects personally. I suffered so badly from the effects of fibroids that at times I could feel like hell, eventually I had to undergo surgery which took away my chance of having children, I suffered so badly. I was suffering so much that I was happy that my problems were over!

“But no, I still suffer from the effects of menopause including sweating, nausea and lack of concentration.

“In my opinion those (mainly men) who say there is no reason why women can’t play like men are wrong.

“Inclusivity seems to be the key word, it has been used by the PDC and supporting their Rainbow Laces, Dr Duffy and others say you can have inclusivity or fairness in the women’s game but you can’t have both Are.

“Since this all came out, my partner Paul has been collecting a lot of research on this under my request, including listening to and watching hours of ICONS meetings, both in strength based sports as well as precision sports. Many trans issues have been debated in sport.

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Darts has allowed trans athletes like Noa-Lynn van Leeuwen to compete against biological women


“Ahead of the recent WDF World General Meeting in Denmark, I asked players to email me about any issues raised at the players’ meeting, apparently I mentioned the trans issue twice, resulting in The darts organization received a complaint about me, and a PDC official lamented over Paul, saying the reason for mentioning the trans issue twice is that the biggest issue with female players is transgender participation in women’s darts.

Hedman then reiterated his views, insisting that many athletes have concerns about trans athletes.

“90 percent of the emails sent to the WDF’s Athlete Commission were about trans and only 1 of them was supportive saying we should sit down and have a conversation because Noah is a really good person, no one disputes that.” “No, it’s just my belief and that of many other female players that they should not be in women’s ranked events,” she continued.

“Recently at the Killarney Festival I was disappointed when a very good female player, who has played at the top level of WDF events and the PDC Women’s Series, came to me crying and said that this issue was really getting to her mind. And she is considering moving away from darts.

“The majority of people at every event I attend, including WDF, ADC, PDC, think it is wrong and detrimental to women’s darts.

“WDF’s trans policy states that it aims to provide fair and equal opportunities.

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“As previously stated inclusion is a topic of discussion at the moment, it seems to have come mainly from the men’s side regarding the women’s game, with the PDC using it to describe their support of Rainbow Laces Can I ask where is the inclusivity in PDC board, DRA and not sure about PDPA I apologize if I am wrong but how many women are there???

“This argument is not to help me at the age of 64 I could walk away tomorrow from the game I love, it is to help Eleanor Cairns, Aurora Fochesato, Paige Pauling, Hannah Meek etc. who are pursuing their darts careers. Starting off, if we are going to have girls or women’s world champions it should be your birth gender, which I think is a fair and equal opportunity.

“These are my views and not the policy of WDF, England Darts or any of my sponsors!

“Perhaps now is the time to make our feelings known to the powers that be or accept the current situation.”


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