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In Pursuit of Fair Competition: Lawsuit Launched by 'Fastest Girl in Connecticut' against Transgender Athletes
JUN 2, 2023  (1:36 PM)

In Pursuit of Fair Competition: Lawsuit Launched by 'Fastest Girl in Connecticut' against Transgender Athletes

Chelsea Mitchell, a 20-year-old athlete from Connecticut, is leading the fight for fairness in women's sports. She is joined by Selina Soule, Ashley Nicoletti, and Alanna Smith--all of whom ran track in high school during the same period--in a lawsuit against the Connecticut Association of Schools and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. The suit aims to overturn a policy that allows transgender athletes to compete based on their gender identity rather than their biological sex.


As a freshman at Canton High School in 2016, Mitchell set two school records, showing her immense passion for running and dedication to pursuing her long-term goals. However, she experienced numerous losses throughout her high school career due to this policy.

In statewide competitions, she often had to compete against transgender athletes who had significant physical advantages over their biologically female competitors. This led to 15 state championships won by transgender athletes which directly affected 85 girls.


In particular, Mitchell lost four girls' state championships and two all-New England awards as a result of competing against these transgender athletes. To make matters worse, each time she was defeated it felt like starting from scratch with no hope for victory.

During her junior year, Mitchell anonymously filed a Title IX complaint against the policy out of fear that it might limit her chances of being recruited for college if it became public knowledge.


Now Mitchell is giving voice to her story and hoping that it will prevent other female athletes from facing similar experiences in the future. Her efforts have inspired many other young women around the country who are joining forces in order to preserve fairness in sports regardless of gender identity or biological sex.

At the end of the day, this is just about fairness, about biology. - Chelsea Mitchell

Source: NY Post