Tres, a 29-year-old trans-identified male, won first place against 13-year-old Shiloh Catori. Four of the six competitors were younger than 17. The youngest was 10.
A transgender woman who is 29 years old took first place in a skateboarding competition in Current York City, beating out a girl who is 13 years old to win the top prize. This result has reignited the discussion regarding whether or not new inclusivity efforts create an unfair edge in women’s sports.
Ricci Tres, who also goes by the name Ricci And Tres, won the women’s division of The Boardr Open. She got $500 for her win.
Shiloh Catori, a 13-year-old girl, finished in second place. Her position in the Boardr Global Ranks, which are determined by how well one does in skateboarding contests, is 133. In contrast, Tres is currently ranked 838th in the overall standings.
Four of the six competitors in the competition were under the age of 17, with Juri Iikura, who is only ten years old but came in fifth place despite being the youngest competitor in the competition.
Many people on social media criticized the competition for the biological and age differences that existed between the competitors. One of these people was the female skateboarder Taylor Silverman, who made her voice heard in May after consistently coming in second place in skateboarding competitions against biological males.
In a post that Silverman made on Instagram on May 17 and that was followed with a deluge of critical comments, she stated, “I have participated in three different contests with trans women, and two of which I placed second.” She went on to explain that the transgender athlete who she had lost against in the Redbull Cornerstone skate tournament had won $1,000 in the qualifying, $3,000 in the finals, and $1,000 in the greatest trick competition.
According to what Silverman observed, the sum total of this was $5,000 of the prize money that was intended for female athletes.
On her own Twitter account, Christina Pushaw, a spokesperson for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, questioned why people in their late twenties and early thirties were “competing against children.”
According to a piece that was published by broadcaster Tim Pool, biological guys have a distinct physical edge in the sport of skateboarding because they “have higher centers of gravity offering benefits that cannot be erased with [hormone replacement therapy].”
The battle in skateboarding comes at a time when there is a heated discussion going on across the country over whether biological men have a competitive edge over biological women.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the Biden administration has indicated that it wants transgender athletes to enjoy the same protections that Title IX initially afforded women when it was passed half a century ago. This comes on the same day as the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Title IX.