DORI MONSON

Dori: Dad calls summer swim league’s gender changes `child abuse,’ moves family out of WA state

Aug 12, 2022, 4:17 PM
(Photo by Terry Pierson/The Press-Enterprise via Getty Images)...
(Photo by Terry Pierson/The Press-Enterprise via Getty Images)
(Photo by Terry Pierson/The Press-Enterprise via Getty Images)

After more than 40 years, changes coming to the Greater Seattle Summer Swim League for 2,000 kids between Woodway and Federal Way have “destroyed” the seasonal outdoor program, according to one dad who says he’s moving his family out of Washington state to seek athletic fairness for his teen daughter.

That’s what Snohomish County parent Steve Abramowicz told Tuesday’s Dori Monson Show just hours before the man’s family packed up for Tennessee.

The tipping point for his family’s departure? A cluster of GSSSL by-law changes that “allows some pretty sketchy stuff,” according to Abramowicz, who describes himself as “just a concerned dad.”

He cites new rules that mean “girls locker rooms have to open to men” and allow roving “equity officers – unscreened, no background checks” to roam around the league’s 16 swim clubs, asking youth “sexual orientation questions.”

Changes would affect swimmers at Arbor Heights, Gregory Seahurst, Kent, Lakeridge, Marine Hills, Normandy Park, Olympic View, and Twin Lakes swim clubs in the southern division. In the north division, this involves Aqua Club, Blue Ridge, Innis Arden, Klahaya, Sand Point, Sheridan Beach, View Ridge, and Wedgewood clubs.

What is equally concerning to the father of one son and one daughter? A GSSSL task force recommendation would have biological boys/trans girls ages 12 years and younger compete in an open category with biological girls. Transgender swimmers 13 and older would have to undergo some form of hormone therapy or puberty blockers to compete in so-called “elite” time-based competitions.

That could mean some biological boys/transgender girls would “have to start the cycle of drugs at age 9, or they won’t be at their full potential at age 14,” Abramowicz said. “It’s child abuse. China, Russia, and North Korea are laughing at us.”

Following his family’s move, Abramowicz said, he will commute between his business here in Washington state and Tennessee – where his high school-aged daughter plans to compete against biological girls in swimming and tennis – “without the nonsense, without risking her life and her future.”

“Washington,” he adds, “is not providing the best for their young women.”

Meanwhile, Abramowicz said, he commiserates with other parents and grandparents disturbed by another proposed change: removing at least one club’s records board that has been charting best swim times – separate for boys and girls – for the past 70 years.

“They want to take this down,” Abramowicz said. “What does that do for the girls?

“I tell you: this is the end of women’s sports in Washington. Mark my words.”

Listen to Dori Monson weekday afternoons from noon – 3 p.m. on KIRO Newsradio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dori Monson on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to dori monsonTune in to KIRO Newsradio weekdays at 12 noon for The Dori Monson Show.

Dori Monson Show

Dori Monson

Richard Thomas...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: ‘Ozark,’ actor Richard Thomas talks career, upcoming ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ performance

50 years ago, he was the star of the No. 1 TV show in the country. Today, Richard Thomas is the lead of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'
4 days ago
Dean Atkinson Jr....
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Father of WSP trooper shot in face credits son’s tattoo with surviving

“When we got to the hospital, I saw firefighters, police officers – everybody came to the hospital,” Atkinson Sr. told Dori, choking back tears.
6 days ago
Eastside Fire...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Eastside Fire still refuses to rehire first responders released over COVID mandates

Eastside Fire and Rescue still refuses to hire firefighters released over COVID mandates despite high overtime pay.
7 days ago
violent attacks...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Seattle, Kent police need help locating suspects after two separate violent attacks

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating suspects in two separate violent mid-day attacks in Seattle and Kent.
7 days ago
Tyler Madden fentanyl grief...
Dori Monson Show

Dori: Grieving local mom fighting ‘flood of fentanyl’ pushes Gov. Inslee to do more

After the initial grief she suffered following her son’s fentanyl poisoning death, Melanie Madden is driven by her new-found purpose in life.
8 days ago
strike...
Dori Monson

Dori: Seattle Schools have no way to pay for new post-strike teacher contract

Barely a week since Seattle Public Schools educators ended their week-long strike, it appears there is no money in the current budget to cover the new agreement.
11 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.
...

Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!
...

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]
Dori: Dad calls summer swim league’s gender changes `child abuse,’ moves family out of WA state