Sharron Davies To Author Book On Fight For Women’s Sports

Sharron Davies To Co-Author Book With Craig Lord On the Fight For Women’s Sports

Former British star and 1980 Olympic medalist Sharron Davies, a longtime advocate for women in sports, will co-author a new book next year with sports journalist Craig Lord. The title, Unfair Play: The Battle For Women’s Sports, will examine topics such as the transgender-participation debate, sexism and misogyny. The book is scheduled to be released in April 2023.

A swimming star for Great Britain, Davies has long fought for equality in women’s sports. Most recently, she has been a leading voice during the debate concerning transgender athletes competing in women’s sports. Davies has spoken out about the inherent physical advantages held by transgender women who went through male puberty, and how women have been robbed of a fair playing field.

At the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, Davies was the silver medalist in the 400-meter individual medley. In that event, she was defeated by East Germany’s Petra Schneider, who was later confirmed to have been part of her country’s systematic-doping program. In 1978, Davies was the gold medalist in the 200 medley and 400 medley at the Commonwealth Games.

Like Davies, State of Swimming’s Lord brings sterling credentials to the upcoming title. The award-winning journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of Swimming World has been at the forefront of defending athletes against injustices, particularly female athletes beaten by doping, not given their proper due or expected to compete against transgender foes.

“I’m excited to bring science, facts, specialist opinions and years of experience together in one book to show the struggles of the past and the much-maligned ongoing struggles woman’s sport still faces today,” Davies said. “The basic right to equal opportunities of success in a career involving sport is still a much tougher challenge to anyone in this world who is female.

“Biology has directly affected those and so many rights for millennia, allowing oppression and coercion of half the world’s population. By providing evidence I hope to help fight for what is fair, in a world where fair should matter.”

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