November Newsletter: New literature review available to the sport sector

New literature review does not support bans on transgender women athletes. 

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport released a new study called “Transgender Women Athletes and Elite Sport: A Scientific Review.” 

This report offers an in-depth literature review on trans women athletes’ participation in elite and high-performance sport. It includes a look at the state of literature about the science of testosterone and its impact on sport performance.

It also outlines several key findings, most notably that the research findings in the biomedical sciences are inconclusive. As a result the authors recommend that all reasonable efforts should be made to make sport inclusive and accessible for transgender individuals.

We know that many people have questions about transgender inclusion in the current sport system and a desire to learn more. We encourage you to review this report as a way to further learn about this topic. 

Learn more and read the full report here.
Read Canadian Women & Sport’s position on trans inclusion in sport here.

Upcoming Opportunities:

  • Final Week to Apply for the Spotlight Grant: Canadian Women & Sport’s Spotlight Grant aims to shine a light on girls, women and gender-diverse individuals who typically don’t get the access, support, or funding they need to fully participate in sport and physical activity. UPDATE: Operating budget eligibility has changed. We have received feedback that the previous $1 million dollar eligibility limit was restrictive to organizations working in, and for communities, so as a result have changed our eligibility requirements to serve those who are intended to benefit from this opportunity. Applications close November 14 at 11:59pm ET. Apply now.

Organizational Updates:

  • Canadian Women & Sport is seeking a Director, Marketing & Growth who will bring their considerable talents to help us drive lasting change for women, girls, and gender-diverse individuals in sport and through sport. We are taking our impact to the next level with a focus on scaling our work with sport leaders and organizations across Canada. The Director, Marketing & Growth will play a leading role in delivering on this commitment. They hold two primary responsibilities in this respect: growing and diversifying revenue streams and expanding our reach and engagement among target audiences. Applications close November 21st, 2022. Apply now.

Organizational Updates:

  • Brock University has invited sport leaders to take part in a study exploring the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) practices of National or Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (N/P/TSOs). This research may benefit sport organizations that are interested in promoting and acting upon DE&I policies as our research team will connect with willing sport partners following survey completion to discuss ways in which DE&I can be built into your HRM policy and practice. Access the survey here.
  • The Canadian Sport Film Festival is pleased to offer young people a free screening of the CSFF 2022 Opening Night film Raise the Bar. In 2016, an Icelandic basketball coach decided to train an 8-year-old girls’ team unconventionally: they would learn both mental and technical skills, channel inner feelings into physical results, and become leaders. The team dominated their own league, so they asked to play against boys’ teams. The country’s basketball leaders objected despite Iceland priding itself on gender parity. But the girls pressed on, took up space, and used their voices to question the rules. Get your tickets here.

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Thanks for reading!