A transgender wrestler was booed after he won a female competition he didn’t actually want to participate in.
Mack Beggs, 17, who is transitioning from female to male, had wanted to compete against other boys in the Texas state championship.
But officials refused to allow it because state sport regulations require athletes to wrestle according to their gender at birth.
Despite this Beggs was booed by people who thought he had an unfair advantage when taking on girls because he was taking drugs that increased his testosterone.
This had led to a parent of a girl trying to block him competing by filing a lawsuit.
But it didn’t work and Beggs beat Chelsea Sanchez 12-2 on Saturday to win gold at the Texas girls state championship in the 110-weight class.
‘That’s honestly what the spotlight should’ve been on, my teammates,’ he said after he won.
‘The hard work that I put in the practice room with them beside me … that’s what the spotlight should have been on … because I would not be here without them.’
The Trinity High School student had been allowed to take testosterone while he was competing because it had been ‘prescribed by a medical practitioner for a valid medical purpose.’
His grandmother and guardian Nancy Beggs wasn’t as diplomatic during a previous regional match after a girl forfeited, and added: ‘Today was not about their students winning. Today was about bias, hatred and ignorance.’
Beggs has a 53-0 record.