Breckynn Willis was disqualified last Friday due to a wardrobe violation after winning the 100-meter freestyle event at her Dimond High School home swimming competition in Anchorage, Alaska
The controversial decision to disqualify a 17-year-old champion because her school-issued bathing suit showed too many buttocks has now been overturned.
Breckynn Willis was disqualified last Friday due to a wardrobe violation after winning the 100-meter freestyle event at her Dimond High School home swimming competition in Anchorage, Alaska.
At that time Willis wore her standard bathing suit issued by the school.
The disqualification caused indignation, because coaches made the decision & # 39; sexist & # 39; since the teenager has a slimmer appearance than her teammates wearing the same swimsuit.
Her coach and team immediately appealed the decision that led the Anchorage School District to start an investigation.
The district found that Willis was being discriminated against because of the way the swimsuit accidentally fitted into her body and urged the Alaska School Activities Association to withdraw its disqualification.
The association revealed Tuesday evening that they would restore all points for Willis and the Dimond High School for her victory.
They said that the official who had disqualified Willis was obliged to inform her coach of any violations prior to racing.
Instead, Willis was disqualified after her race, which the association said was a & # 39; wrong application of the & # 39; used to be.
The school district went one step further and insisted that the official should receive de-certification and that the coverage rule be suspended and revised.
The disqualification caused indignation, because coaches made the decision & # 39; sexist & # 39; since the teenager has a slimmer appearance than her teammates wearing the same swimsuit. Willis (right) is pictured above with her sister and co-swimmer Dreamer Kowatch (left)
Willis wore the approved bathing suit issued by the school at the time of her race. Officials from the Alaska School Activities Association have released graphics suitable for athletes
& # 39; The Anchorage School District concluded that our swimmer was the target, based solely on how a standard school-issued uniform accidentally fitted the shape of her body, & # 39; said the district.
& # 39; We cannot tolerate any form of discrimination and certainly not based on body shape.
& # 39; This disqualification was harsh and unnecessary. & # 39;
Willis had worn the same bathing suit during three previous meetings this season and had had no problems.
The official who disqualified Willis last week has previously criticized her sister Dreamer Kowatch and the fit of her swimsuit during the 2018-19 school year.
Another official at the event said the referee claimed that she & # 39; kontwang against kontwang & # 39; could see Willis's uniform.
In a statement prior to the reversal of the decision, the school district had said: & # 39; The disqualification appears to stem from a disagreement in the interpretation of the rules for swimming uniforms in high school.
& # 39; The Dimond swimming team has purchased approved team suits for each swimmer who meet the requirements of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSH).
& # 39; The disqualified athlete wore the approved suit issued by the school during the race. In the first three meetings this year, the Dimond swimming team did not have any disqualifications with regard to the wear of the swimming uniform.
The association said on Tuesday-evening that they would restore all points to Willis (right above) and the Dimond High School for its victory last week
Willis (left and her sister on the right) had worn the same bathing suit during three previous encounters this season and had had no problems
The coach of another school district, Lauren Langford, wrote a destructive Medium post after the disqualification stating that Willis & # 39; was focused on the way the suits fit into a curvier and a fuller figure & # 39 ;.
Langford, who coaches the West High School swimming team, said: & The rest of her team wore the same uniform and she was the only one to be disqualified.
& # 39; I believe that in the past year she has attracted the target and attention. In my opinion it comes down to the racing thing. It was so focused. It was so intentional and so individual.
& # 39; She is one of three girls in the Dimond team who look like her. Everyone is in the same color, tailor-made, and yet in a team of so many girls she was the only one who emerged?
& # 39; I was filled with so much suffering about the way these young girls were forced to suffer. & # 39;
She told it later The Washington Post: & # 39; All of these girls all wear suits that are cut the same way. And the only girl who is disqualified is a mixed race girl with more rounder, curvier functions. & # 39;
Breckynn Willis, 17, left, was told she had been disqualified for the race in Anchorage, Alaska, after crushing the 100m freestyle competition last Friday. She is pictured with her coach DeWayne Ingram and sister Dreamer Kowatch
The coach of another school district, Lauren Langford, wrote a destructive Medium post after the disqualification stating that Willis & # 39; was focused on the way the suits fit into a curvier and a fuller figure & # 39 ;. She is depicted with pieces of standard racing swimwear
The girl's coach, DeWayne Ingram, shared Langford & # 39; s blog on Facebook and wrote: & # 39; This is an absolute disgrace and something needs to be done to rectify it as quickly as possible! I can personally confirm that these are absolutely remarkable, sincere, intelligent, passionate, academically solid and very talented student athletes who do not deserve this at all. & # 39;
The NFHS issued new guidelines in August that state that an athlete wearing a uniform that does not fall within the rules can be disqualified.
Images at Alaska School Activities Association show suits that are considered suitable for both male and female athletes.
NFHS executive director Karissa Niehoff wrote in August: & # 39; There is a growing trend in swimming and diving in high school of athletes who wear training and competitive suits in a way that contradicts the intention of their original design and manufacture.
& # 39; In particular, suits are worn in such a way that the buttocks of the athlete become visible. This problem is not gender-specific and occurs in various states throughout the country. & # 39;
Guidelines indicate that the suits must be worn in the correct size as prescribed by the manufacturer's specifications for the athlete's body type and must remain unchanged. Boys wear costumes that cover the buttocks, and girls wear costumes that cover the buttocks and breasts.
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