Former Male Swimmer Lia Thomas Nominated for NCAA’s “Woman of the Year” Award

Former Male Swimmer Lia Thomas Nominated for NCAA's

Look Who’s Been Nominated “Woman of The Year”

( – Earlier this year, University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) swimmer Lia Thomas made history by becoming the first trans athlete to win a collegiate Division I championship in any sport. The biological male inspired controversy across the nation when she began breaking records in the pool, and global swimming governing body FINA eventually barred trans women from competing in the sport at the highest level. Now, Lia Thomas is back in the headlines once again.

UPenn recently announced it had nominated Thomas as one of its two selections for the NCAA’s annual “Woman of the Year” award for 2022. The swimmer will go up against a field of 577 varsity athletes from across the nation for the prize.

Thomas’ attraction of plaudits as a female athlete has once again sparked criticism from biological women in the world of sports. Fellow NCAA Woman of the Year nominee Riley Gaines posted the message below on Twitter slamming both Thomas and the governing body.

Retired women’s tennis superstar Martina Navratilova was also among the cynics to voice her displeasure over the situation via Twitter.

Do you think the criticism of Lia Thomas is fair? Should trans athletes be allowed to take part in women’s sports at the elite level?

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