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Mediocre Male Athlete Sets New Record in Girl’s High Jump Competition

Maelle Jacques, a transgender high jumper, breaks girls' record, igniting a fierce debate over fairness in high school athletics.

The recent victory of high school sophomore high jumper Maelle Jacques at the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 state championship has ignited a fiery debate surrounding fairness in high school sports. Jacques, a transgender athlete who competes in the girls’ category, shattered the existing girls’ high jump record by clearing a height of 5’1”—an achievement that has stirred controversy and raised questions about the competitive integrity of women’s sports.

This incident highlights a broader issue that extends beyond the boundaries of a single high school athletic competition. It brings to the forefront the critical question of how we maintain fairness in women’s sports. Jacques’ victory underscores the significant physical disparities that often exist between biological males and females—disparities that have implications for competitive balance in sports.

The participation of Jacques, a biological male, in female high jump competitions raises significant concerns about fairness and equality in sports. Jacques’ victory, by surpassing the previous girls’ high jump record, not only highlights the inherent physical advantages males typically possess over females but also underscores the urgent need for a conversation about maintaining a level playing field in women’s sports. The fact that Jacques’ performance would rank far lower in male competitions further illustrates the disparity in physical capabilities and the direct impact it has on female athletes, who are unjustly deprived of their rightful recognition and opportunities.

The stance of Kearsarge Regional High School and similar institutions, which support the inclusion of transgender athletes in sports categories that do not align with their biological sex, disregards the fundamental principles of fairness and competition integrity. Such policies, while intended to be inclusive, inadvertently compromise the rights and achievements of female athletes, reducing their hard-earned accomplishments to a secondary consideration.

Legislation aimed at protecting the integrity of women’s sports is not only necessary but imperative to ensure that female athletes compete on equal terms, free from the biological advantages inherent to male competitors. The essence of sport—its fairness, challenge, and the pursuit of excellence—must be preserved by acknowledging the differences between male and female athletes and creating a competitive environment that respects and honors those differences.

As this debate continues, it’s crucial that policymakers and educational institutions prioritize the rights of female athletes to fair competition. Upholding the integrity of women’s sports means recognizing the physical distinctions between genders and ensuring that every athlete has the opportunity to compete and succeed based on skill, determination, and hard work—not on an inherent biological advantage.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.