Transgender “woman” wins female weightlifting contest and many believe “she” has unfair advantage. Supporters say “her” testosterone levels are checked and those who are upset are just prejudice. This is disturbing and unnatural!
A Kiwi weightlifter has made history as the first transgender athlete to represent New Zealand and come away with a win, however the victory has been slammed by other competitors.
Laurel Hubbard, 39, won the women’s over 90kg division at the Australian International competition in Melbourne on Sunday, but the win has caused a stir with some believing she had an unfair advantage.
Her combined total of 268kg was nearly 20kg better than Samoan runner-up Iuniarra Sipaia, with another 20kg back to the next lifter in the field.
he performance puts Hubbard in line for selection at the 2017 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
While her eligibility passed the International Olympic Committee’s criteria, Hubbard’s win was met with criticism from Australian competitors who believe a transgender athlete in the female weightlifting category was not an equal playing field.
Hubbard was born the son of former Auckland mayor Dick Hubbard and has previously competed at a national level in men’s weightlifting as Gavin Hubbard.
She transitioned in her mid-30s and recent improvements have lifted her to a lofty women’s ranking.