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Rugby: Olympian Australia changes gender, ‘I’m a dad’

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(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 17 – For ten years she shone in the women’s Rugby League (the 13-a-side) and in the Seven, a specialty in which, with the Australian national team, she won gold at the Rio 2016 Games. A year ago the failure to call for Tokyo, also due to certain doubts about her true gender identity but at that point she, who is now a him, had already made her decision. And now Ellia Green calls her “the best of my life”. In the meantime, she works in the ‘international container’ sector of Sydney airport and “I’m a dad”.

Ellia Green wanted to tell her story during the ‘International Summit for the End of Transphobia and Homophobia in Sport’, in Ottawa, and defines herself as “the first transgender Olympian”. He also needs to describe himself like this to launch an appeal: “Banning transgender people from sport is shameful and painful. It just means that suicide rates and mental health problems will get even worse.”

Before the sex change, Ellia Green went through a very difficult period, which she talked about without holding back, trying to be an example to others. After failing to call for Tokyo 2020 she decided to retire from rugby and “to spend the rest of my life, the one outside of competitive sport, in the body where I wanted to be her from the beginning”. In the meantime, however, she had taken the demon of depression. “After the retreat I spent a lot of time alone at home – her story -, in a dark room, and I didn’t want to see anyone. I went in and out of mental health institutions for serious problems, and my depression reached the peak of sadness. I was ashamed of myself, I felt I had disappointed many people, especially my mother. I felt like a complete failure, it was heartbreaking. ” She braced herself by thinking that “before the retirement, I had already planned my surgery and treatment for my transition.

I was counting the days with my partner “. Her name is Vanessa Turnbulla-Roberts, an activist for the rights of the Aborigines. She and Ellie are parents of Waitui,” now I’m a dad – underlines the former Olympic gold rugby player – and it’s more difficult than anything else “. (ANSA).

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