Alaskan parents and their daughters are upset that a transgender student captured all-state honors in girls’ track and field.
Haines High School senior Nattaphon Wangyot took fifth place in the girls 1-2-3A 100-meter finals and third-place in the 200-meter race on May 27. The transgender athlete’s performance in Anchorage frustrated competitors and parents with the Alaska Family Council at Dimond Alumni Field.
“I’m glad that this person is comfortable with who they are and they’re able to be happy in who they are, but I don’t think it’s competitively completely 100 percent fair,” Hutchison High School senior Saskia Harrison told a local CBS affiliate.
Stephanie Leigh Golmon Williams, a mother, said Nattaphon’s wins were “not fair and it is not right for our female athletes.”
“We have a responsibility to protect our girls that have worked really hard, that are working towards college scholarships,” she said.
The Alaska Schools Activities Association recently made changes to allow individual districts to decide how to handle competitions with transgender students, the station reported.
“We didn’t want to necessarily create a situation where we were going to bring in a committee and those types of things just because it’s just not practical here,” ASAA Executive Director Billy Strickland said.