AFLW won't have its first transgender player next year, as she's deemed too physical.
Australian transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey will not be allowed to play in the women’s AFL (AFLW) next year.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and his executive committee made the call today to deny her request to nominate for the AFLW draft for 2018.
They cited the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act, which states that athletes can be discriminated against based on their sex or gender “if strength, stamina or physique is relevant”.
It is understood that Mouncey has an abundance of all three attributes. Standing at 190cm tall and weighing 90 kilos, she has been a dominant player in the local Canberra women’s league.
Mouncey also represented Australia as a male in European handball before making the gender transition in the last two years.
The 27-year-old’s hormone levels would deem her eligible to compete at the Olympics under IOC regulations. Fairfax Media reported the International Olympic Committee require athletes to be under the testosterone threshold of 10 nanomoles per litre and Mouncey’s last reading was 0.5 nanomoles per litre.
And while several AFLW clubs were understood to be circling, the AFL has deemed Mouncey ineligible.