Rachel McKinnon dominated competitors with superior leg strength and endurance at the 2019 Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester, England.
She won gold for the sprint event in the women’s 35-39 age category.
A Canadian professor, competitive cyclist, and transgender rights activist McKinnon responded to backlash about her recent win on twitter, “I have yet to meet a real champion who has a problem with trans women. Real champions want stronger competition, If you win because bigotry got your competition banned … you’re a loser.”
McKinnon is part of a recent trend of athletes who were born biologically male dominating female sporting competitions. McKinnon set a female world record in the qualifying event for the recent tournament.
Former champion Victoria Hood has been outspoken on the matter. She said to Sky News, “It is not complicated. The science is there and it says that it is unfair. The male body, which has been through male puberty, still retains its advantage; that doesn’t go away. I have sympathy with them. They have the right to do sport but not a right to go into any category they want.”
McKinnon said in response, “All my medical records say female. My doctor treats me as a female person, my racing license says female, but people who oppose my existence still want to think of me as male. … So, if we want to say, that I believe you’re a woman for all of society, except for this massive central part that is sport, then that’s not fair.”