The Latest on the 50-Year-Old Canadian ‘Trans’ Swimmer Competing Against Young Girls

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Megyn has covered countless instances of biological men competing in women’s sports over the last couple of years, but one of the most egregious examples came to light late last year.

A 50-year-old ‘transgender’ swimmer named Melody Wiseheart, who once competed under the name Nicholas Cepeda, sparked outcry after competing against teenage girls at a swim meet in Canada and changing alongside them in the women’s locker room.

Undeterred by the backlash, Wiseheart was back in the pool with the young women over the weekend to compete in the 2024 SCAR Pan Am Winter Classic. David Menzies of Rebel News attempted to cover the meet but was thwarted by the police. On Monday’s show, Menzies joined Megyn to discuss the situation and the danger it poses to young women.

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Wiseheart’s History

Wiseheart, who is a professor at York University in Toronto, Canada, has reportedly been competing against girls since 2019. It wasn’t until last fall, however, that Menzies and Rebel News learned of Wiseheart and began shedding light on his participation. 

In October, the 50 year old swam in Richmond Hill Aquatic Centre’s Fall Classic swimming competition outside of Toronto, where he competed against 13 and 14 year old girls. In early December, he took part in several events at the Trojan Cup in Barrie, Ontario, placing second in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle event for swimmers 16 and older.

Wiseheart, a member of the Orangeville Otters Swim Club, reportedly used the girls’ locker room ahead of the competition, which allegedly led parents to use towels to create a makeshift tent to cover the young women who had to change.

At the time, the organizations that sanctioned the meet defended Wiseheart’s participation. “In partnership with Swimming Canada, Swim Ontario has a robust system of policies, procedures and rules that support our member clubs in providing a competitive experience that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive for all participants,” the groups said in a statement. They went on to say that athletes are seeded by entry time, regardless of their age.

Wiseheart’s Latest Meet

Over the weekend, Wiseheart was back in the pool at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre for the 2024 SCAR Pan Am Winter Classic, which had both ’12 and under’ and ’13 and over’ categories. He appeared to be registered to compete in several butterfly and freestyle events in the girls 13 and over group.

Menzies shared that he and his producer got to the venue at 6am on Saturday in an attempt to see Wiseheart arrive, but they were unable to do so. “I found out from sources inside the center that Swim Ontario… is doing everything they can to aid and abet [Wiseheart], beginning with sneaking him in a side entrance that we were not aware of,” he explained.  

But that apparently wasn’t all. “The Toronto Police Service was on hand, and they ramped up security. They had something like four police SUVs… to basically read us the riot act,” he explained. 

As Menzies shared, he and his team were on a sidewalk outside the center when they were approached by law enforcement. “The police came out at one point and they were delivering something to me from the Pan Am Centre, which was a trespass notice,” he said. “I guess in Toronto, it looks like the cops are not only giving free coffee and doughnuts to the pro-Hamas demonstrators on cold days; I guess they’re doing the courier work for the Pan Am Centre.”

Ultimately, Megyn said she fails to see what allowing Wiseheart’s participation accomplishes. “Shame on you, Orangeville Otters, for allowing this. Shame on you, Swim Ontario, for allowing this. You’re facilitating a dangerous situation for minors,” she concluded. “I think there’s a reason that we have women’s-only spaces and girls-only swimming, and girls’ locker rooms, and girls’ sports, and this just makes a mockery of it all.”

You can check out Megyn’s full interview with Menzies by tuning in to episode 707 on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you like to listen. And don’t forget that you can catch The Megyn Kelly Show live on SiriusXM’s Triumph (channel 111) weekdays from 12pm to 2pm ET.