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Parents’ fears that trans ice hockey players pose a ‘danger’ to girls – as it emerges male-born competitors are entering women’s leagues and playing against females as young as 14

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Parents fear that trans ice hockey players pose a ‘danger’ to girls after it was revealed that male-born competitors are entering women’s leagues and playing against girls as young as 14.

One angry father told of how his 15-year-old daughter was in an amateur league game when a male-born trans player was penalised for hitting a female opponent around the head.

Under the ice hockey league’s current rules, female players can play with adult teams from the age of 14. 

But the whistleblower father, who asked to remain anonymous to protect his child’s identity, said teenage players were now being put in danger by the admission of male-born trans competitors.

‘I’m watching my 15-year-old daughter taking on fully grown men and thinking this isn’t right’, he told The Telegraph

One angry father told of how his 15-year-old daughter was in an amateur league game when a male-born trans player was penalised for hitting a female opponent around the head (stock image)

One angry father told of how his 15-year-old daughter was in an amateur league game when a male-born trans player was penalised for hitting a female opponent around the head (stock image)

But the whistleblower father, who asked to remain anonymous to protect his child's identity, said teenage players were now being put in danger by the admission of male-born trans competitors (stock image)

But the whistleblower father, who asked to remain anonymous to protect his child’s identity, said teenage players were now being put in danger by the admission of male-born trans competitors (stock image)

The father said watching the girl get hit had left him ‘seething’, as he branded the practice ‘dangerous’ and ‘unfair’ with ‘no good reason’ for it to happen.

He points out that the men could play in mixed teams, but they insist on playing in the ladies’ team.

The concerned father points out that ice hockey is a physical game and argues the ‘obvious strength difference’ and levels of aggression in the male game mean the games should be separate.

Meanwhile an adult female player who competes in an amateur women’s ice hockey league raised further concerns about the issue of trans competitors sharing girls’s changing rooms.

The woman, who again spoke to the paper on condition of not being named for fear of losing her place in her team, said she has heard of parents not bringing their children to ice hockey games if there is a biological male on the opposite team.

England Ice Hockey is responsible for the rules of the leagues and the players who play in them. 

Meanwhile Ice Hockey UK is responsible for the GB national team, but also plays a role in coordinating a cohesive approach amongst the various associations and leagues for important subject matters such as transgender policy.

However the official policy on transgender players is currently unclear with both England Ice Hockey and Ice Hockey UK currently reviewing their transgender policies.

But in December the chairman of Ice Hockey UK, Conservative Lord Clifton Wrottesley, branded trans players who were born male being allowed to compete in female sports as ‘tantamount to doping’.

In December the chairman of Ice Hockey UK, Conservative Lord Clifton Wrottesley (pictured), branded trans players who were born male being allowed to compete in female sports as 'tantamount to doping'

In December the chairman of Ice Hockey UK, Conservative Lord Clifton Wrottesley (pictured), branded trans players who were born male being allowed to compete in female sports as ‘tantamount to doping’

The official policy on transgender players is currently unclear with both England Ice Hockey and Ice Hockey UK currently reviewing their transgender policies (stock image)

The official policy on transgender players is currently unclear with both England Ice Hockey and Ice Hockey UK currently reviewing their transgender policies (stock image)

Responding to claims by trans activists that objections against transgender women being permitted to play in female sporting events was transphobic, he told the House of Lords: ‘My clear response to that, in the performance environment, is that trying to exploit ambiguities within classification in sport is tantamount to doping. It is a form of cheating. 

‘A person who is born a male, even if they transition pre or post-puberty, will always have a physiological advantage over a biological female. No amount of reassignment will change that.

‘There will always be differences that lead to unfair advantages. Allowing a biologically male trans person to play alongside natal females, unless all players consent, or allowing that person access to female changing facilities, are not safe practices.’

Lord Wrottesley, 55, who previously represented Ireland in skeleton at the Winter Olympics, was appointed as the director and chair of Ice Hockey UK in April 2021.

The peer, who inherited the Wrottesley titles in 1977 on the death of his grandfather, said it was also ‘unfair’ and ‘unsafe’ to allow biological males to compete against women or girls even at the amateur level.

He added: ‘Consider when a male trans athlete causes a life-changing injury to a female player because of their vastly differing physiologies. Ask females what they feel about intact males entering intimate spaces such as changing rooms. 

Lord Wrottesley, 55, who previously represented Ireland in skeleton at the Winter Olympics aged 35 (pictured), was appointed as the director and chair of Ice Hockey UK in April 2021

Lord Wrottesley, 55, who previously represented Ireland in skeleton at the Winter Olympics aged 35 (pictured), was appointed as the director and chair of Ice Hockey UK in April 2021

‘They feel extremely vulnerable and possibly violated, and I suggest that if anyone allows this to happen, they are in clear breach of safeguarding and are promoting harm. 

The Eton and Edinburgh educated man, who trained at Sandhurst before serving in the Grenadier Guards, added: ‘I am liberal-minded enough to believe that people should be able to express themselves in ways they see fit, as long as it does not have an adverse impact on other people’s enjoyment of life or, in this case, an activity in the educational or recreational setting. 

‘The key issue here is consent. People who are affected by an accommodation to allow a trans athlete to compete need to consent and not have it imposed upon them against their will by an ill-equipped governing body, or have the issue hijacked by extreme gender ideology and people with aberrant or criminal intent.’

Ice Hockey chief executive Henry Staelens said: ‘Ice Hockey UK is currently coordinating discussions between the governing bodies and leagues to deliver a transgender policy that brings the sport together and prioritises player safety above all else.

‘The extensive process also includes consulting with players, coaches, external agencies across government, the international federation and relevant groups.

‘This will be concluded in the coming weeks with the view to release the policy in July.’



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