Governor DeSantis recognizes Sarasota’s Emma Weyant as “rightful winner” of NCAA Div 1 Women’s 500-yard Freestyle race


Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation today recognizing Sarasota’s Emma Weyant as the “rightful winner of the 2022 NCAA Division 1 Women’s 500-yard Freestyle” race.

The participation (and eventual win in the 500-yard Freestyle race) of Lia Thomas, who was born male, in the event has led to controversy; DeSantis weighed in today with a statement on Twitter that accompanied the proclamation: “By allowing men to compete in women’s sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud. In Florida, we reject these lies and recognize Sarasota’s Emma Weyant as the best women’s swimmer in the 500y freestyle.”

The proclamation notes that Weyant won a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics, that her time in the 2022 NCAA Championships was the “fastest time among all women swimmers,” and that “a male identifying as a woman was allowed to compete and was declared the winner of the race.”

The proclamation goes on to state that the governor signed SB 1028, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, on June 1, 2021, “to preserve fair opportunities for female athletes to demonstrate their strength, skills, and abilities in athletic competition” and that the act “specifies that an athletic team or sport that is designated for females, women, or girls may not be open to students of the male sex, based on the student’s official birth certificate at the time of birth.”

Thomas swam on Penn’s men’s swim team from 2017 to 2020, then took a year off while undergoing hormone therapy and began swimming on the women’s swim team in 2021.

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The proclamation also notes that “women have fought for decades to have equal opportunities in athletics, and it is wrong to allow ideology to erode these opportunities as is happening in other states” and “Florida rejects the NCAA’s efforts to destroy women’s athletics, disapproves of the NCAA elevating ideology over biology, and takes offense at the NCAA trying to make others complicit in a lie.”

  • “women have fought for decades to have equal opportunities in athletics, and it is wrong to allow ideology to erode these opportunities as is happening in other states.

    So what he is saying is that women can’t compete against a man because a woman can’t beat a man, how is that equal opportunity.

    I remember in high school, Buchholz, two girls tried out for our JV baseball team under the equal rights movement. They did not make the team, not because they were girls but because they could not compete

    Why is it okay for a woman to try to be on a man’s team and not the other way around?

    So you are saying women are inferior to men?

    There were a couple of girls in my school that could have competed and succeeded on the boys baseball team.

    So you would deny them a chance?

    But the Fairness Act does not say that women cannot compete on a man’s team, only a man cannot compete on a woman’s team.

    Seems one sided based on the inferiority of women

    • Your reply makes no sense, this is not about a woman competing against males. This Lia has decided she is a female first and foremost and that makes her eligible to compete against other females. As hard as this might be to accept, she is not a female and never will be. She developed longer and stronger bones and muscles her whole life as a male and this gives her an obvious unfair advantage over biological females.

      • Correct. Men who feel like women is a whole different
        Classification. There’s the Men’s class, the women’s class, the men who “feel like” women, the women who “feel like men” and all the other perversions you
        Can think of LGBTQXYZ… maybe they should do
        The classes based on DNA to avoid cheating…XX = girl, XY = boy…

    • You’re confused : Coed sports is totally different from women sports and men sports. Women aren’t inferior
      Either…you are making things more complicated by
      confusing biology & psychology. Hermaphrodites should compete against hermaphrodites, etc.

    • Yeah, in general, women are physically weaker than men. A very strong man will be stronger than a very strong woman. If there’s a really strong woman who feels she needs more competition, let her try out for the men’s team – why not. Women are the protected class here. Not trans women (biological men pretending to be women), but women.

  • A governor who has balls. That’s what this country needs as a president.

    Please note, this is not meant to be a derogatory statement to females serving as governors or their capabilities. It is meant as a statement giving credit to a governor who recognizes the unfairness of a young man who has at this writing, failed to satisfy requirements to compete as a woman except by the “woke” NCAA who is more concerned with being politically correct than insuring fairness in the competitors.

    When he is able to give birth – then he’ll be a she.

  • We are supposed to go shopping with this b*******, being gas lit by the media. Some of us have been proclaiming that “The emperor has no clothes!”
    Having a governor who is willing to proclaim it from his bully pulpit should fire us up even more to stand up and proclaim the truth.
    This insanity has got to end, or our country will end, destroyed from within by idiots who have nothing better to do than create and follow fads…

  • “Men who identify as women should only be able to compete against
    Other men who identify as women” in the NCAA..that
    Sounds fair. Desantis is a great Governor.

  • Just as a person cannot inject melatonin and compete in the Black beauty pageant if you’re born white.
    We’ve been told since a young age to “be yourself “, Be proud of who you are, not a fabrication.

    • We are talking about sex, not race…that’s a whole
      Another can of worms…I’m a white guy who identifies
      As a black guy. I want reparations. I want to be the
      City charter equity officer…I want to always be able to
      Pull the race card because I’m transracial like those
      Who claim they’re transsexual or identify as a whatever.
      Now, that’s equity. Is that an example of “Poe’s Law”?

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