Alaskan mother Jennifer VanPelt is not happy that her daughter missed out on a podium appearance at a state track meet after a transgender girl was allowed to compete and got the third-best time in a 200-meter varsity final race.
This resulted in VanPelt’s daughter finishing in fifth place and missing a potential podium appearance granted even to fourth place finishers.
We discovered this by perusing the comment section of KTVA’s story on Haines runner Nattaphon Wangyot, who finished the 100-meter in 13.14 and qualified for state.
Here are the major quotes:
“It was my daughter who finished 5th that missed out.”
“[My daughter] is a phenomenal runner for a female. She happens to be the fastest female in the MatSu Valley. And she’s a freshman. Obviously she is at a disadvantage to you because she was not born with the physical attributes you were as a male. It’s 100% science. Men are physically different than females. Your times would not allowed you to compete with the boys at state. So don’t start casting stones telling me my daughter isn’t good enough. Because she is.”
“My daughter busts her butt to beat the other girls she competes against. Now she has to train even harder to try and beat boys too. Although Ice will not be competing next year because he graduated that doesn’t mean another transgender won’t be stepping into the competition.”
VanPelt also made her thoughts known on her Facebook profile.
Alaska Schools Activities Association (ASAA) Executive Director Billy Strickland issued a statement during the Friday meet on the matter at hand.
“We didn’t want to necessarily create a situation where we were going to bring in a committee and those types of things just because it’s just not practical here,” he said.
Recently, the ASAA implemented a policy that allows school districts to decide whether transgender athletes can compete.
Jennifer VanPelt’s daughter, Allison VanPelt, competed against Nattaphon Wangyot in a 200-meter race.
The ASAA posted the results on its website.
We reached out to Jennifer VanPelt for comment and she shared her opinions regarding the incident.
When asked how Wangyot’s participation affected her daughter, VanPelt said “it did not knock her out of contention, but it did take away a podium position,” and she was adamant that her daughter had competed against a male.
“At our state track and field meet they award medals and a spot on the podium to the top 4. Allison placed 5th. We had no idea she was running against a male until after the race was over,” she said. “She was upset. How do you explain to her that not only does she need to train to beat her fellow female athletes now she should also train to beat the males?”
We then asked VanPelt for her thoughts on what she believes is the best way for schools to handle this kind of situation.
“I’m not sure how schools should handle a situation that we are being forced to accept. But allowing a male to run in female events is probably not the best way,” she said. “The Haines school district is saying ‘Compete in girls sports? Ok. Use the girls locker room or bathroom? Let’s make up special provisions.'”
“Clearly they are realizing he isn’t the same. I have had suggestions we just pull Allison out of her events and boycott the competitions. But who is that really hurting? She could miss out on scholarships,” VanPelt continued.
Related to this, we asked VanPelt what parents who agree with her are concerned about.
“I believe parents and athletes alike should be worried. Transgender males being allowed to compete in female events are being afforded an unfair advantage,” she said. “Males are physically different than females. That’s a scientific fact. Hormones and body modification cannot change that. Today it’s one transgender athlete. Tomorrow it could be half the field.”
The public discourse has only gotten more heated in recent months as the Obama Administration’s directive that schools let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice has been met with opposition and caused public confusion.
For instance, 700,000-plus threatened to boycott Target after the store implemented the same bathroom allowance.
As for the confusion, at a Ross department store in Texas, a woman reported hearing a “deep voice” in the ladies dressing room, only to be told by Ross that “customers may use changing rooms that apply to their gender identity.”
In a Connecticut Walmart, a woman was mistaken as transgender.