The actual consequences of the actual policies, a reading.
This is your best newsletter yet. I loved what you said about which lens one looks through... but I have to admit an exclusionary lens makes me both sad and frustrated and feeling like I don't know how to "fix" it. I think your last paragraph in the "How you ask the question" section should be required reading for everyone in sport. Period.
Lots of good stuff here:
1 - Ebikes scare the crap out of me b/c many of the people riding them recreationally don't have the bike handling skills to be going 25mph on a multi-use trail.
2 - You're dead-on in how youth sports is poisoning discussion on gender diversity. It's too easy for parents to see the "boy pretending to be a girl" identity as somehow preventing their daughter from getting that college scholarship they so richly deserve. Look, if your kid is good, that shows through, period. A 13-year old who's been raised as a boy but is understanding that's not right as they hit puberty, they've got A WHOLE LOT going on...treat them with compassion and care, not revilement.
3 - Ironman needs to reckon better with the needs of the small minority for who wearing too little body coverage is deeply problematic, not only for cultural reasons but in some cases for health reasons. They can set the rules to eliminate competitive advantage (e.g. full-body swimskin), and provide streamlined approval process for individual needs. Figure it out, it's not that hard.
Your best issue. I really appreciate the work you put in. ❤️
Charles Barkley on brainwashing kids about playing pro sports… though he's nice and says he doesn’t want to bash their dreams, I think there are some adults in the youth sports industry who need to be slapped.