Talented female footballer denied spot in boys' team

Morning Talk 29/08/2018
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A talented female world cup footballer has been denied a spot in a boy’s school sports team three times.

Dayna Stevens, 17, is a New Zealand under-20 world cup representative who plays for Glenfield College C grade.

A stand out in her team, opposition coaches say Ms Stevens shouldn’t be playing in that grade.

However, the Year 13 Glenfield College student has no other choice as the school has only one girls’ football team.

After a request to join the boys’ first XI, she was told by College Sport Auckland that she couldn’t play in a league with boys because she might get hurt, and it would hurt women’s sport as a whole.

“The girls’ team at our school isn’t as developed as the boys’ team,” Ms Stevens told RadioLIVE’s Mark Sainsbury.

“I thought that playing with the boys and against the boys team it would develop me as a player.”

College Sport chief executive officer Jim Lonergan told Stuff that allowing Ms Stevens to play for a boys' team would only suggest the girls’ competition was not as important.

"Where sports can simply place a talented young woman into a male competition of the sport it can act as a disincentive to the investment needed into the true development of female sporting experiences and opportunities within a secondary school experience," he said.

Listen to the full interview with Dayna Stevens above.

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