Working with Transitioning and Transitioned Athletes in Sport

Gender diversity is increasingly visible in Canadian society, and individuals who do not reflect mainstream gender norms are rightfully seeking to participate more fully in the benefits society has to offer, including participation in sport.

AthletesCAN released a public discussion paper on the topic of gender transition and sport participation. The discussion paper Including Transitioning and Transitioned Athletes in Sport – Issues, Facts and Perspectives is part of a larger project aimed at creating a shared understanding of gender diversity – a subject still shrouded by a profound lack of knowledge and invalid assumptions. It approaches the issue from historical, ethical, educational, and scientific perspectives, and observes that contrary to popular belief, there is no empirical evidence to either support or refute the assumption that transitioned athletes compete at an advantage or disadvantage compared with physically born females and males.

The Promising Practices: Working with Transitioning/Transitioned Athletes in Sport project was initiated by AthletesCAN, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS), to identify and discuss the barriers that inhibit the participation of gender-transitioning and gender-transitioned athletes in sport.

This project has several components including commissioning academic reviews of the social sciences and biological literature; compiling examples of good practices; consulting nationally with sport leaders and athletes; and broadening the dialogue via publication of the discussion paper.

Discussion Paper: Including Transitioning and Transitioned Athletes in Sport – Issues, Facts and Perspectives
By Brenda Wagman (February 12, 2009)

Summary: Including Transitioning and Transitioned Athletes in Sport – Issues, Facts and Perspectives
By Brenda Wagman (February 12, 2009)

Working with Transitioning or Transitioned Athletes in Sport – Emerging Themes
By Rachel Corbett (May 26, 2009)

Social Science Literature on Sport and Transitioning/Transitioned Athletes – Literature Review
By Kevin B. Wamsley (February 2008)

Do Transitioned Athletes Compete at an Advantage or Disadvantage – Literature Review
By Michaela C. Devries (May 18, 2008)
For more information, please contact:

Moira Lassen, Executive Director
AthletesCAN
301-1376 rue Bank Street
Ottawa, ON K1H 7Y3
Tel: 613.526.4025 (main) / 1.888.832.4222 (toll free)
Email: info@athletescan.com
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