Jane Timken, an Ohio Republican Senate candidate, put on blast the NCAA and Democrats over transgender swimmer Lia Thomas actually competing in woman’s sports as part of a recently created campaign ad that was made public on Monday.
Entitled “Compete,” the short ad highlights Timken speaking about her background as a former female collegiate athlete, throwing blame at rules set by the NCAA for allowing someone who is biologically male to compete against biological women in women’s sports on the failed leadership of Old Uncle Joe and the entire Democratic Party.
“As a mom and former college athlete, I know how important women’s sports are. They teach our girls to be winners,” stated Timken stated in the video.
“But the Biden Democrats want to force our daughters to compete against men in the pool and on the court,” she continued.
The video then shoots over to footage of Thomas seemingly competing in a women’s swimming event.
The ad is slated to air on Ohio outlets and it is viewable on YouTube and other various online locations.
Timken is not the sole Republican to have problems and speak out on the issue over the past few weeks. Ron DeSantis, the Republican Governor of Florida, signed a proclamation this past Tuesday that declared that Emma Weyant, a Sarasota native and Olympic silver medalist, was “the best women’s swimmer in the 500y freestyle” from this past week’s NCAA championship. As reported by The Daily Wire:
Weyant, who is a freshman at the University of Virginia, clocked a time of 4:34.99 last Thursday, falling behind Thomas during the final stretch of the 500-yard event.
“By allowing men to compete in women’s sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud,” DeSantis said in a tweet. “In Florida, we reject these lies and recognize Sarasota’s Emma Weyant as the best women’s swimmer in the 500y freestyle.”
By allowing men to compete in women's sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud.
In Florida, we reject these lies and recognize Sarasota's Emma Weyant as the best women's swimmer in the 500y freestyle. pic.twitter.com/tBmFxFE3q6
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 22, 2022
Additionally, quite a few athletes have spoken out against this issue as well.
“My name is Reka Gyorgy from Hungary. I am a 2016 Rio Olympian, represented Virginia Tech for the past 5 years, a 2 time ACC champion, 2 time All-American and 3 time honorable mention All-American,” stated Reka Gyorgy, a swimmer for Virginia Tech, in a letter sent to the NCAA that she put forth in an Instagram post.
“With all due respect, I would like to address something that is a problem in our sport right now and hurting athletes, especially swimmers,” stated Gyorgy. “Everyone has heard and known about transgender [swimmer], Lia Thomas, and her case including all the issues and concerns that her situation brought into our sport.”
“She is doing what she is passionate about and deserves that right,” Gyorgy stated. “On the other hand, I would like to critique the NCAA rules that allow her to compete against us, who are biologically women.”
“I’m writing this letter right now in hopes that the NCAA will open their eyes and change these rules in the future. It doesn’t promote our sport in a good way and I think it is disrespectful against the biologically female swimmers who are competing in the NCAA,” she concluded.