Sept 10: ASD concludes review of Dimond High School swimmer disqualification

September 10, 2019

 

ASD concludes review of Dimond High School swimmer disqualification

 

Following our review of the September 6 disqualification of a Dimond High School swimmer, to include interviews of multiple witnesses, the Anchorage School District has concluded that our swimmer was targeted based solely on how a standard, school-issued uniform happened to fit the shape of her body.  We cannot tolerate discrimination of any kind, and certainly not based on body shape.  This disqualification was heavy-handed and unnecessary. 

 

Today, the Dimond coach forwarded his appeal to the District which presented the appeal to the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) on behalf of the team. 

 

The District seeks to:

  • Reverse the swimmer disqualification

 

  • Return all points to the team

 

  • Decertify the official

 

  • Suspend, with the intent to revise, the NFHS suit coverage rule, as it is ambiguous and allows the potential for bias to influence officials’ decisions.

 

We owe it to our student athletes to provide a fair and consistent atmosphere in which they can train and compete to their fullest potential.  ASD will not tolerate any actions that discriminate, target, or otherwise create an unsafe or inequitable environment for its student athletes. 

 

These young athletes are phenomenal competitors and their hard work, determination and grit in the pool should be an inspiration to us all.  We wish our Dimond Lynx the best of luck in their meet this weekend.  

 

Sept 10 Statement