Trans activists gatecrashed a Missouri event held by former swimmer Riley Gaines and surfer Bethany Hamilton on Friday.
The event, Brave Books Story Hour celebrating female athletes, saw trans activists disperse throughout the crowd and heckle the speakers.
One activist, draped in a transgender pride flag, was seen holding a shark cuddly toy in an apparent mockery of Hamilton, who lost her left arm in a shark attack when she was a teenager.
How messed up is this? This protester brought a shark stuffed animal to mock Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark’ Gaines wrote on X after the event.
‘Miserable, insufferable people. But oh so ‘tolerant” she added.
Both Gaines, 23, and Hamilton, 33, have spoken out about their concerns that women’s sports are being compromised by allowing transgender women to compete in female categories.
The pair attended the event hosted by BRAVE books in Springfield to read extracts from their books and discuss their struggles and triumphs at the top of women’s sports.
Hamilton read from her book Surfing Past Fear which details her journey from surviving a 2003 shark attack while surfing to returning to the water to become one of the world’s most famous professional surfers.