NEW YORK, NY – Amid the ongoing debate regarding transgender women competing in sporting events with biological women – which most recently came to a head when the organization governing international swimming competitions effectively banned male-to-female trans athletes – a 13 year-old girl competing in a New York City-based skateboarding tournament on Saturday lost to a 29 year-old biological male who identifies as a trans woman.
Shiloh Catori, 13, placed second in The Boardr Open to Ricci Tres, 29; as a result of their winning the top title in the women’s division, Tres took home $500.
Currently, based on performance in skateboarding competitions calculated by the Boardr Global Ranks, Catori is ranked 133, whereas Tres – who also goes by the name Ricci And Tres – is only ranked 838.
The tournament featured six competitors, four of whom were under the age of 17; the youngest – Juri Iikura – was only 10 years old, and came in fifth place.
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Many individuals on social media expressed anger over Tres possessing what they said was an unfair advantage by being a biological male in a sporting competition against biological females, but also the extremely wide and unexplained age discrepancy between the skaters.
Female skateboarder Taylor Silverman expressed outrage over Tres’ win, posting on Twitter “Male wins women’s skateboarding finals and money at the Boardr Open NYC presented by DC today.”
Silverman previously had posted a fiery diatribe on her Instagram account on May 17 after she had placed second in multiple skateboarding competitions to trans skaters.
“I have been in three different contests with trans women, two of which I placed second. At the last contest series I did for Red Bull, I play second,” she said. “The trans competitor who won took $1,000 in qualifiers, $3,000 in finals, and $1,000 in best trick. This totaled to $5,000 of the prize money meant for the female athletes. I deserve to place first, be acknowledged from my win, and get paid. I reached out to Red Bull and I was ignored. I am sick of being bullied into silence.”
Broadcaster Tim Pool also noted on Twitter that men have a physical advantage when it comes to skateboarding for several distinct reasons that hormone replacement therapy can’t undo.
“Males in skateboarding have higher centers of gravity granting advantages that cannot be removed with hrt,” he said. “That plus the Q angle differences So it’s unfair to female athletes.”