A six-foot trans woman who used to play men’s football has been signed up as a goalkeeper for the England Universities’ female side.
In the latest example of a growing trend in elite sport, Blair Hamilton, 32 – who is also lead investigator of the Tavistock Transgender Athlete Study – will take one of the coveted spots in the national squad within weeks.
The player, who was born male but identifies as female, was selected after impressive displays for Hastings United Football Club women’s team in East Sussex, known as the ‘Us’.
Last Wednesday, the team tweeted: ‘The ‘Us’ are delighted to announced that [Blair Hamilton] has been selected for the England Universities Sport Women’s Squad!
Demonstrating her excitement, Hamilton – a PhD student at Brighton University – responded that she was ‘buzzing for this’.
But last night, the controversial appointment was already causing ructions.
Maya Forstater, of Sex Matters, which campaigns for ‘clarity’ on women-only services and spaces, said: ‘Women will lose out from being on the squad and will also potentially be put under pressure not to speak up about it.’
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