Five Transgender Athletes In New Hampshire Girls’ Sports In Recent Years

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The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill last week that would prevent some males who identify as transgender from competing in girls’ sports.

The House voted 189-182 along party lines to pass HB 1205. Republicans voted yes, while Democrats voted no. The bill would require students in grades 5 through 12 to compete on interscholastic sports teams based on biological sex, rather than their self-selected gender identity.

The bill may one day become law, as Republicans control the New Hampshire Senate and the state has a moderate Republican governor in Chris Sununu. It’s unclear if the Senate will take the bill up for a vote, or if Sununu backs the legislation; he has not publicly addressed it. 

In many states that have banned males from competing in girls’ sports, local lawmakers have struggled to cite local examples of it happening. However, that’s not the case in New Hampshire. There have been several examples of it happening in recent years.

Here are five of those recent instances:


1. Maelle Jacques — Kearsarge Regional High School sophomore Maelle Jacques, a male who identifies as transgender and competes in girls’ track, won the girls’ high jump at the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 state championship this past winter.

With a jump of 5 feet 1 3/4 inch, Jacques beat out the other contenders at the meet held at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire, on February 11, 2024, according to the state’s Track & Field Results Reporting System.

Jacques also finished second in the 1600-meter at the NHIAA Division 3 outdoor track and field state championship in May 2023, as NewBostonPost previously reported.


2. Parker Tirrell — Plymouth Regional High School freshman Parker Tirrell is a male who identifies as transgender, according to an interview the student-athlete did with New Hampshire Public Radio last week.

As a freshman last fall, Tirrell made the varsity girls’ soccer team at Plymouth, according to the report. The team struggled, going winless, but Tirrell was described as “fast and skillful” by Newfound Landing, a weekly newspaper that covers Plymouth, New Hampshire, in its August 31, 2023 edition. The September 14, 2023 issue of the paper also shows Tirrell jumping for a ball in a soccer game.

Tirrell also excels at girls’ outdoor track and field.

At the New Hampshire Middle School Small Schools Championship on May 23, 2023, as an eighth-grader, the athlete took fifth place in the long jump (12 feet 11 1/2 inches) and finished eighth in the 200-meter run (30.84 seconds). Tirrell got the team four points for the long jump performance and one point in the 200-meter, contributing to Plymouth Elementary School’s second-place finish at the meet. 


3. Sarah Rose Huckman — Another male who identifies as transgender, Huckman graduated from Kingswood Regional High School (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire) in 2019. Since then, Huckman has become a transgender activist, who has even been interviewed by CNN

Huckman competed in girls’ track and field in high school.

Huckman finished sixth in the 55-meter hurdle (9.57 seconds) at the 2019 NHIAA Division 2 indoor track state championship meet, and was part of the seventh-place 4×400 relay team (4:19.10) at the 2017 outdoor track state championship meet.


4. Lane Joslin — Like Huckman, Joslin is a male who identifies as transgender and is an activist on transgender issues.

Joslin graduated from Berwick Academy (South Berwick, Maine) in 2023 but attended Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, New Hampshire) during the 2019-2020 school year.

As a freshman, Joslin was a part of the school’s junior varsity girls’ soccer team in the fall of 2019, according to the team page on the school’s web site. The team went 10-2-2 that season, the school’s web site said.

It’s unclear how Joslin did in soccer at Berwick Academy. 


5. CeCe Telfer — Telfer was one of the first confirmed instances of a dominant male athlete in women’s college sports.

Telfer graduated from Franklin Pierce University, an NCAA Division 2 school, in 2019. Telfer is best known for winning the Division 2 NCAA National Championship in women’s outdoor track and field that year (57.53 seconds).

Since then, Telfer has been training in hopes of one day competing in the Olympics, according to CNN.

The bill recently passed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives would have no impact on college sports.


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