Fairfax Events Guideline for Transgender/Transsexual Participants

Overview

Fairfax Events is a leader in mass participation outdoor running and swimming events. The high rates of participation reflect the diversity in our communities. Fairfax Events supports the participation of transgender/transsexual people in our sporting events subject to the measures set out in this guideline to address any unfair competitive advantage. 

This guideline applies to sporting events organised by Fairfax Events. The measures provided for by this guideline are consistent with Fairfax Events’ obligations under relevant discrimination laws in the context of running single sex sporting competitions. 

In preparing this guideline, Fairfax Events has had regard to relevant policies/guidelines adopted by Australian sporting bodies, including Athletics Australia. However, this guideline also takes into account that our events are not purely run for the sake of competition, but for community and social benefit. For many entrants, competing against others is not the primary objective.  

Eligibility

Female to male transgender/transsexual individuals are eligible to participate, place or win a prize in the male category of any Fairfax Event. Female to male transgender/transsexual individuals are not eligible to enter the female category of a Fairfax Event. 

The following eligibility requirements apply to male to female transgender/transsexual individuals entering Fairfax Events:

Non elite female category - male to female transgender/transsexual individuals are eligible to participate in the non elite female category of any event. To be eligible to place or win a prize in that event, entrants must also comply with the notification requirement and the additional criteria set out below.
Elite female category - male to female transgender/transsexual individuals are eligible to participate in the elite female category of any event, as well as place or win, provided they comply with the notification requirement and additional criteria set out below.

The Fairfax Events Race Table below sets out the events with elite categories and those without a designated elite category, as at the date of this guideline.

Notification requirement

To satisfy the notification requirement, male to female transgender/transsexual individuals seeking to compete in the female category of an event must notify Fairfax Events of their transgender status by no later than one (1) month prior to the event. 

Notification can take the form of an email or a confidential telephone call to Fairfax Events.

A male to female transgender/transsexual participant who fails to notify Fairfax Events of their intention to compete in a female category (including a non-elite category) in accordance with this guideline may be deemed ineligible to place and/or win a prize.

Additional criteria for elite category events
 

In addition to the notification requirement, male to female transgender/transsexual individuals seeking to enter the elite female category of a Fairfax Event (or place/win in a non-elite female category) must satisfy the criteria below prior to the event date. 
 
Legal recognition that their transgender/transsexual participant’s assigned sex has been conferred by the appropriate official authorities (e.g. sex recognition certificate) and a copy provided to Fairfax Events. A B14 Declaration: gender change in travel document will be accepted. 

Supply Fairfax Events with a current medical opinion from the participant’s doctor addressing the following:

details of the hormonal therapy administered to the participant; and

confirmation that the duration of the hormonal therapy has, in the doctor’s opinion, been sufficient to minimise any gender related advantages in competitive sport having regard to the participant’s strength, stamina and build. 

Failure to satisfy all criteria prior to the event may result in the individual being deemed ineligible to participate, win and/or place in the event. 

Duration of validity of approval

Approval to enter a Fairfax Event as a transgender/transsexual male to female participant is valid for two years. The participant does not need to notify Fairfax Events again to enter further events within this two year period. 

Confidentiality and privacy

All cases that are notified to Fairfax Events under this guideline shall be treated in strict confidence with access restricted to people on a needs to know basis. 

Fairfax Events collects personal information to review a potential participant’s eligibility to compete in, place and/or win a Fairfax Event under this guideline and to facilitate the registration process for events. Personal information is handled in accordance with Fairfax Media’s Privacy Policy. 


Fairfax Events Race Table
For all races listed below, male to female transgender/transsexual participants are eligible to compete in the female category provided they meet the criteria set out above. 

Event Elite Catefory - Seeded Race not categorised
Sun Run Elite (10km) 7km
Cole Classic Elite (1km, 2km) 1km, 2km, 5km
Australian Running Festival Elite (all distances)
SMH Half Marathon Elite (all distances)
City2Surf Elite
Canberra Times Fun Run Elite (14km, 10km) 5km
City2Sea Elite (15km) 5km, Relay
City2South Elite (14km) 5km