Swimmer schoolgirl was disqualified after winning because of a 'too revealing' swimsuit
The leadership of Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska decided to disqualify the 17-year-old athlete, Breckynn William, after her victory in swimming competitions. According to the administration, the swimsuit was too revealing and they were not embarrassed that they themselves determine in which swimsuit the athletes are required to perform.
According to the official rules of the competition, all competitors were in the same swimsuits. After disqualification, the coach of the young winner said that this decision was at least sexist and racist.
“It is my opinion that she has been targeted and singled out over the course of the last year. It comes down in my opinion to the race thing. It was so targeted. It was so intentional, and so individual,” one of the coaches, Laura Langford, said. “All of these girls are all wearing suits that are cut the same way. And the only girl who gets disqualified is a mixed-race girl with rounder, curvier features.”
After appealing the decision of the school’s administration about the disqualification, The Alaska School Activities Association, decided to reinstate William as a winner, and also regarded the actions of the school’s leadership as discrimination.
“The Anchorage School District has concluded that our swimmer was targeted based solely on how a standard, school-issued uniform happened to fit the shape of her body,” the district said.
“We cannot tolerate discrimination of any kind and certainly not based on body shape,” reports DailyMail. “This disqualification was heavy-handed and unnecessary.”
According to the latest information, a complaint has been filed against a school official who “persecutes” underage athletes, examining their bodies, breaking out of his standards. Since this is not an isolated case of attempts to discriminate against athletes on the basis of external signs, the school committee is obliged to consider the complaint. It was reported that the first attempts to endure the discriminatory disqualification were made last year in relation to Breckynn's sister.