This week could be a milestone for transgender rights in Australia, if footballer Hannah Mouncey gets picked by women’s football league. Mouncey was nominated on Friday and her candidature is yet to be confirmed. In 2016, Mouncey played for the Australian Men’s Handball team, that missed out on qualifying for the Rio Olympics. She began transition shortly after, and on top of her professional goals and she believes being trans does not go contrary being a good sportsman and this is what she wants to promote.
She said she had overwhelmingly positive support when she came out, and has linked up with a Sydney group called Pride in Sport, hoping to inspire other trans sportsmen to come out and succeed, knowing that being different is not being worse. “I’m just keen to play and hopefully I get picked up and whatever happens outside that isn’t something I can control,” the woman says. The rules of the AFLW are the same regulations as the International Olympic Committee, that an athlete must have testosterone levels of below 10 nanomoles per litre, a requirement Mouncey comfortably meets at almost a hundred times under the boundary level. Some argue that, as Hannah already qualified to play in the AFL-sanctioned Canberra league, there is no reason why she shouldn’t be able to play at the elite level.