'I won't let trans militants drown me out': Sharron Davies was robbed of an Olympic gold by a self-confessed drug cheat. Now she defies her online hate mob to continue her campaign against male-born athletes muscling in on women's sport
6 July 2019
'Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies has had a lesbian living over her garage, has two grown-up mixed race children from her former marriage to British sprint champion Derek Redmond, gay friends, transgender friends and... well, let's just say she's raised her blended family (she also has a 12‑year-old son, Finley) to be a thoughtful, open-minded bunch.
'I'm really proud I brought up my kids to think of other people and not judge anyone. That's what hurts me most about being called these names. All my life . . .'
For a moment, tears threaten. Sharron, 56, pauses to collect herself. She's not going to let those tears fall. Absolutely not.
A steely resolution flashes in her eyes: 'I refuse to allow these activists to get to me,' she says.
'These activists' are part of the transgender community who have hurled all sorts of truly vile names at her this week from 'gay-trans hater' to 'bitch'. She even stands accused of advocating incest and rape.
The reason? Sharron posted a tweet five days ago which read: 'If you put 2 biological females on an island humanity dies out (but they'd talk loads) if you put a biological male & a trans woman on an island humanity dies out.
'But if you put a male & a female there we might stand a chance! Providing they can fish of course. Binary Sex matters.'
She followed with a second tweet: 'And we haven't killed all the fish with plastic first!!!'
Injustice: Sharron Davies at Central Lenin Stadium during the Moscow Olympics in 1980, with East German drug cheat Petra Schneider, who beat her to gold
Sharron is a passionate environmentalist who cares deeply about the sort of planet we leave our children.
She is also a campaigner for equality in sport, which is where she has found herself at odds with 'these activists'.
She's found, to her enormous cost, that even the most innocent rattle of this particular Twitter cage can invoke a terrifying response.
For her tweet was not a random attack upon the transgender community but part of an on-going debate among some of the sporting world's most prolific athletes who question the 'fairness' of trans women competing on the track, field and in the pool with biological women.'
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