Paralympian angered after official said her shorts were 'too short'
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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Olivia Breen of Portsmouth competes during the Womens Long Jump Final on Day Three of the Muller British Athletics Championships at Manchester Regional Arena on June 27, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Ashley Allen/Getty Images)
Double Paralympic world champion Olivia Breen says she was left "speechless" after an official at the English Championships told her that her sprint briefs were "too short and inappropriate."
(CNN)Double Paralympic world champion Olivia Breen says she was left "speechless" after an official at the English Championships told her that her sprint briefs were "too short and inappropriate. "
The 24-year-old detailed the incident in a Twitter post on Sunday, saying that while she was grateful to the volunteers who officiate at the competitions, women should not be made to feel self-conscious while competing.
"I am always grateful for the incredible volunteers who officiate at athletics events," Breen told her 10,200 followers.
England Athletics have been in touch with her, she said, and she is planning to make an official compliant.
"When you are competing, you want to feel as light as possible to make you perform better," Breen told CNN, explaining she prefers briefs to be short because they make her feel "more free. "
The Paralympian said remarks like those from the official on Sunday could "ruin confidence and self-esteem" of younger female athletes.
If I was 16 or something it would make me burst into tears," said Breen, who believes officials need to be provided with better guidance on using appropriate language when dealing with Paralympians.
A fellow British athlete, shot putter Amelia Strickler, responded to Breen's post by saying remarks like those made by the official Sunday contributed to the pressure female athletes already face.