Seeing so few trans athletes at the elite level and negative commentary on social media, particularly since World Rugby’s decision to bar transgender women from playing women’s rugby, hastened Green’s push to highlight potential harms to children.
“But the only way to help heal is to talk about it … I’d like to help someone not feel so isolated by telling my story.”
Ellia Green was one of the stars when Australia’s women’s rugby sevens team won the inaugural Olympic gold in Rio. Source: Getty / Ian Hitchcock
Green, who was assigned female at birth, was adopted by Yolanta and Evan Green and moved to Australia from Fiji at the age of three.
All the while, deeper feelings were becoming clearer for Green and peaked after announcing the decision to retire from rugby last November, a few months after missing selection for the Australian women’s team for the delayed Tokyo Olympics.
“Banning transgender people from sport is disgraceful and hurtful,” Green says.
“That was a bright spark in my mind during these dark times facing demons, but I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel.”