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Appeal filed in track & field athlete suit over CIAC policy

An appeal has been filed after a federal judge dismissed the case of four track and field athletes seeking  to end a Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference policy allowing transgender athletes to compete in girls sports. 

The dismissal was made a month ago and the appeal was filed yesterday on behalf of Alanna Smith of Danbury, Immaculate student Ashley Nicoletti, and two others who have since graduated. 

CIAC maintained that their policy reflects the federal guidance in place at the time it was adopted.  The students sought in February 2020, in part, to bar two transgender athletes from competing in the spring season, but the pandemic preempted the season. 

The suit was filed against CIAC, the Boards of Ed of the four plaintiffs and the two Boards of Ed representing the transgender athletes.  The transgender athletes and two of the plaintiffs have since graduated.  Also part of the suit were Selina Soule of Glastonbury and Chelsea Mitchell of Canton.

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