EQUALITY IN ENDURANCE SPORTS: DISTANCE SKATEBOARDING PROTECTS TRANSGENDER RIGHT-TO-PARTICIPATE

SkateIDSA’s Recent Rule Revision Paves Way for Transgender Athletes

Miami, USA 09-10-2018
SkateIDSA – International Distance and Supercross Association
press@theidsa.org

Miami, FL: The Skate International Distance and Supercross Association updated its rules to protect the right for transgender athletes to compete with their gender. Rule 4.3 explains its dedication to diversity, inclusion, and equality among competitors by creating a standard for other endurance sports to follow. Transgender athletes were always welcome to participate in SkateIDSA races, but until now no written rule existed. This rule stands to create a precedent for other skateboarding disciplines and endurance sports to follow in the future.

“As the only openly transgender athlete to compete in distance skateboarding so far, I can only hope that this will prompt others like myself to find the community, acceptance, and challenge I have been rewarded from within the IDSA,” says Calleigh Little, winner of the 2018 Women’s Division at the Miami Ultraskate.

IDSA Board Member Kaspar Heinrici said, “There is no perfect way to do something like this, but I’m super proud of the lengthy conversations that got us here and I would much rather have this inclusive policy that addresses the gender spectrum than try to ignore it.”

You can read the full rules list and competitor conduct policy on SkateIDSA’s website available here to see additional edits to other rules for the upcoming 2019 season.

The new addition builds upon rules the Olympic Committee held on the same subject and reads as follows:

  • An athlete in the process of gender transition from male to female must demonstrate that the total level of testosterone in their blood has been below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least one year prior to competing, whether by hormone therapy, and/or post-reassignment surgery. The length of time it will take the athlete to reach the cutoff limit will vary by individual.
  • There are no regulations for female to male athletes.

About SkateIDSA: The Skate International Distance and Supercross Association is a non-profit distance skateboarding club that provides insurance and sanctioning to events on a global scale. It aims to promote and increase participation in skateboard racing’s many forms. SkateIDSA showcases skateboarding as part of a healthy and positive lifestyle for all ages and skills levels. Find out more at https://theidsa.org

Any person interested in joining SkateIDSA can do so here, and be eligible as a member for an exciting upcoming year of racing in 2019, including the 24-Hour Homestead-Miami Ultraskate this January. Each year over 150 participants race for 24 consecutive hours aiming to set and break personal and world records in a variety of divisions based on age, gender, and discipline.

By |2018-09-10T11:49:06+00:00September 10th, 2018|Press Releases|

About the Author:

Calleigh Little is the Web and Communications Director for SkateIDSA and is dedicated to promoting the sport of distance skateboarding through diversity, inclusion, and equality initiatives.