Former Olympian Sharron Davies has revealed she is close to bankruptcy following her comments about the participation of transgender athletes in women’s sport.
The British swimmer has been vocal about being against trans athletes competing against cisgendered women in the past, stating they have an unfair advantage.
Her stance has resulted in heavy backlash and she is now struggling to find work after her agents dropped her and charities have refused to work with her.
“There’s been so much hate and bullying. It’s been very hard,” Davies told the Mail on Sunday’s You magazine.
“Charities I’ve worked with for 30 years have dropped me, agents I’ve worked with for 30 or 40 years don’t use me any more, because the trans activists can be so vicious and malicious — they go after your work, after your brand, they attack everything.”
The Olympic silver medallist has revealed she is currently living off inheritance she received from her late mother, who passed away five years ago.
The money is running out, but Davies has said she is “not backing down” from her opinions.
“I have friends with trans children,” she said. “I have made friends with lots of transgender people during this process because the majority totally understand. A lot just want to live their lives and think this argument is making things more difficult for them.”
In 2019, Davies’ odd tweet about world repopulation received thousands of responses after she signed off with the term “binary sex matters.”
The post read: “If you put 2 biological females on an island humanity dies out (but they’d talk loads) if you put a biological male & a trans woman on an island humanity dies out.
“But if u put a male & a female there we might stand a chance! Providing they can fish of course. Binary Sex matters.”
If you put 2 biological females on an island humanity dies out (but they’d talk loads) if you put a biological male & a trans woman on an island humanity dies out. But if u put a male & a female there we might stand a chance! Providing they can fish of course. Binary Sex matters— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) July 1, 2019
The controversial tweet was met with huge backlash and she continued to argue with replies and retweet those supporting her hours after posting.
“I’ve always said I’m not anti trans,” she responded to one user. “I talked about a biological fact which I’m hoping you’re not disputing? And I’m not going to give up on female sport being protected for biological females so they get equal opportunities which they deserve.”