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British darts star who refused to compete with a trans woman claims her ‘period and menopause’ put her at a disadvantage – and reveals she was ‘crying her eyes out’ at the draw


British darts star Deta Hedman has explained her decision to withdraw from the tournament after being drawn against a transgender woman.

Earlier this month, Hedman defeated Kelly Streef and Natalie Gilbert to reach the quarter-finals of the Denmark Open, but decided to forfeit her place after discovering she would face trans woman Noa-Lynn van Leuven.

In an interview discussing her decision to withdraw from the competition, the 64-year-old claimed that the prospect of facing van Leuven had caused her mental and physical distress.

«Like I said, I’ve been dealing with this situation of playing transgender for the last couple of years,» Hedman told GB News. “On more than one occasion I wanted to withdraw and people talked me out of it.

“But eventually it got to me and started to affect me, physically and mentally.

Deta Hedman discusses her decision to withdraw from a darts tournament after being drawn against a transgender woman

The former world number one reached the quarterfinals of the Denmark Open earlier this month

The former world number one reached the quarterfinals of the Denmark Open earlier this month

“But all the ladies in the women’s game complained that they didn’t like the experience (of playing against a trans player).

“They asked me to take it to the board to see if they can change it. We just looked at so many things I’ve read and frankly it’s giving me a headache.

“In the last lady series, I was sitting there and so many girls were coming up to me and saying this, that and whatever. And I just sat there and just laid my head back and put on my headphones and just cried my eyes out.»

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Asked what advantages a trans darts player would have, Hedman said: “Some say there are no advantages or no disadvantages if you like.

“But what everyone seems to forget is about the biological woman, this thing that we have to go through every month. Good?

“I’ve sat there and seen girls, women doubled over in pain at all the tournaments I go to now, a trans (woman) won’t have it. She continued.

I am going through menopause. They won’t have trans women like that, but they tend to seem dismissive of what a natural born woman goes through.

Hedman claimed that the prospect of meeting Noa-Lynn van Leuven left her in tears

Hedman claimed that the prospect of meeting Noa-Lynn van Leuven left her in tears

“But like I said in Denmark, it just got to me and I just couldn’t deal with it because I just broke down.

Hedman added that she spoke to the WDF tour director immediately after finding out the draw for the quarter-finals and immediately informed them that she would not be continuing.

“It was just me and the tournament director and I explained to him that I got the notice as you can see and I said, “I can’t do it. I can’t cope». I said, «I’m going to break right now.» And I just fell apart.”

With Hedman out of the competition, Van Leuven progressed to the semi-finals of the competition, where they were beaten 4–0 by eventual winner Beau Greaves.



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