Swimming champion, Riley Gaines, has expressed heartfelt support towards the Republican legislators in Texas for their stalwart stance in preserving the integrity of women’s sports. Gaines’ comments came in response to Governor Abbott signing a law insisting that participants in intercollegiate athletic competitions at publicly funded educational institutions must compete strictly in accordance with their biological sex.
See Gaines’ video message below:
Thank you, @Riley_Gaines_.
Proud of your bravery in advocating for the protection of women's sports.
With the law I signed today, Texas will ensure collegiate sports give women an opportunity to thrive for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/kqHHoFnAvE
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 15, 2023
Gaines went on in her message to say:
“I could not be more grateful for the leadership of Governor Abbott and really taking this on and signing this into effect,” the former NCAA swimmer continued.
She also thanked “the leadership of Representative Valoree Swanson (R-TX) and Senator Mayes Middleton (R-TX) putting this bill forward and the leadership of Texas values,” she added. “Without them being at the forefront of this and making sure this is a priority for Texans, this wouldn’t be done.”
“So we have a lot of people to thank,” Gaines said
Governor Abbott responded by recognizing Gaines for her fearless stand in favor of safeguarding women’s sports. He stated:
“Proud of your bravery in advocating for the protection of women’s sports,” adding, “With the law I signed today, Texas will ensure collegiate sports give women an opportunity to thrive for generations to come.”
Gaines, who famously raced against biologically male athlete Lia Thomas in the women’s 200-meter freestyle at the NCAA championships, has since championed the cause to defend women’s sports from the encroachment of biological males. Just a month ago, she boldly expressed the need for women to resist complacency and counter the push for transgender inclusion in women’s sports.