TRANSGENDER ATHLETE WITH MUSTACHE ANDRAYA YEARWOOD WINS WOMEN’S DIVISION TRACK AND FIELD

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Transgender with mustache Andraya Yearwood wins first place at Cromwell High School track and field championship women’s division.

The freshman is commended for ‘her’ bravery: “I do hope I inspire people, but not only with track. I hope it inspires people to not hold yourself back just because you’re scared of it or it is your first time doing it, or because of other people’s negativity.”

“I know they’ll say it is unfair and not right,” Yearwood’s mother, Ngozi Nnaji, told the Courant. “But my counter to that is: ‘Why not?’ She is competing and practicing and giving her all and performing and excelling based on her skills. Let that be enough. Let her do that and be proud of that.”

The Day reports:

Last year, Kate Hall wasn’t positive she fully appreciated winning a Class M state championship as a sophomore.

That gave Hall, a Stonington High School junior, even higher expectations for Tuesday’s Class M state track and field championship at Willow Brook Park, where she was focused on a repeat in the 100 meters and was also one of the top seeds in the 200, in which she finished in the top 10 in New England last year.

Instead, the day belonged to Cromwell’s Andraya Yearwood, a freshman who won both the 100 and the 200.

Yearwood is a transgender athlete who competed for Cromwell as a girl for the first time on April 5, winning both sprints in a tri-meet against Portland and Old Saybrook. The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference “defers to the determination of the student and his or her local school regarding gender identification,” according to a Hartford Courant story about Yearwood earlier in the year.

“It feels really good. I’m really happy to win both titles,” Yearwood said after her performance in the Class M meet. “I kind of expected it. I’ve always gotten first, so I expected it to some extent. … I’m really proud of it.”

Yearwood won the 100 in 12.66 seconds, edging Hall, who was second in 12.83. Yearwood was then first in the 200 in 26.08. Woodland’s Erika Michie was second in 26.38 and Hall, the Eastern Connecticut Conference champion in the event, third in 26.65.

Yearwood acknowledged the attention ‘she’ has received for being a transgender competing in sports:

Said Yearwood in the Hartford Courant story of being transgender: “I do hope I inspire people, but not only with track. I hope it inspires people to not hold yourself back just because you’re scared of it or it is your first time doing it, or because of other people’s negativity.”

“I know they’ll say it is unfair and not right,” Yearwood’s mother, Ngozi Nnaji, told the Courant. “But my counter to that is: ‘Why not?’ She is competing and practicing and giving her all and performing and excelling based on her skills. Let that be enough. Let her do that and be proud of that.”

 

One thought on “TRANSGENDER ATHLETE WITH MUSTACHE ANDRAYA YEARWOOD WINS WOMEN’S DIVISION TRACK AND FIELD

    alvarezgalloso said:
    June 2, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Stupidity is bliss

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