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Riley Gaines Public Keynote Speaker

Riley Gaines

12x NCAA All-American Swimmer, Host of Outkick's Gaines for Girls Podcast, Director of the Riley Gaines Center, Ambassador for Independent Women's Voice, Author of "Swimming Against the Current"

After being denied the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship when pitted against a trans-identifying male, Riley Gaines made it her mission to defend and protect America’s daughters against the harmful gender-denying ideology. This life-changing event made Riley passionate about preserving women’s opportunities for success in sports.

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Riley Gaines uses her signature story to enlighten audiences about women’s rights.

Biography

Riley Gaines, a 12-time All-American swimmer with 5 SEC titles was a successful female swimmer at University of Kentucky with ambitions to pursue a dental degree. That post-graduate ambition and her entire life was changed when she was forced to share a locker room and then compete against a male swimmer, Lia (formerly Will) Thomas at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship.

This uneven challenge, not just for Riley but for every woman competing in the pool that day, was made even more traumatic when the NCAA officials insisted on giving Lia Thomas the trophy, despite tying Riley down to the hundredth of a second in the event. Riley vividly recalls wondering why no one was standing up for her or for any women in the room.

This moment became her call to action—to defend and protect America’s daughters against the woke left and their gender-denying ideology. Riley believes that trans-identified males should not take opportunities for success in sports away from women.

Riley is now the Director of The the Riley Gaines Center at the Leadership Institute, where she works with a team of ambassadors to build a movement of students, athletes, and concerned citizens who are tired of having their freedoms and rights attacked—and who dare to defy the dangerous gender ideology that’s spreading rampant and unchecked throughout society.

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