A seventeen years old teenager from the United States was taken out of a school competition due to an injustice. According to the referee directing the competition, the young girl was “showing too much skin,” despite her wearing the same standard swimsuit as the rest of her swimming team.
The young girl, called Breckynn Willis, had won one of four swimming races in Anchorage, Alaska. However, the organizers ruled out her win and disqualified her for “an infraction regarding her uniform.”
Moreover, the referee justified their decision because Willis’ suit didn’t “cover enough” and, also said that “they could see butt cheek touching butt cheek.”
These are suit cuts permitted, according to authorities.
Lauren Langford, the other team’s coach, criticized the decision and accused the referee of discrimination against the girl on the basis of sexism and racism.
“These young swimmers aren’t sanctioned because they wear their suits in scandalous or provocative ways, but because of their wider hips, their bigger chests and their darker skin tone, which sets them apart from their leaner and paler teammates.”
-Lauren Langford on Medium
Breckynn was wearing the exact same swimsuit as the rest of her teammates, but she was the only one getting sanctioned because of her “uniform”.
Immediately, the Anchorage school district introduced an appeal to overturn the judges’ decision and give Willis back her win, in addition to returning her all the points she earned in the competition.
Finally, the organization decided to give back the title and points to the deserving winner.