New Zealand Weightlifter to Become First Transgender Athlete Competing in Olympics

By Cassandra Fairbanks

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is the first transgender athlete who will be competing in the Olympics in Tokyo.

The 43-year-old Hubbard’s addition to the team was announced in a statement on Saturday.

“The lifter, who hails from Auckland, returned to competition in 2019 and performed strongly throughout the rest of the year and into 2020. Hubbard has been confirmed eligible having met the IWF, IOC and NZOC eligibility criteria, including IWF eligibility criteria for athletes who transition from male to female based on IOC Consensus Statement guidelines,” the statement read.

Hubbard said in the statement that they are grateful for the support they are receiving.

“I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders,” said Hubbard. “When I broke my arm at the Commonwealth Games three years ago, I was advised that my sporting career had likely reached its end. But your support, your encouragement, and your aroha carried me through the darkness. The last eighteen months has shown us all that there is strength in kinship, in community, and in working together towards a common purpose. The mana of the silver fern comes from all of you and I will wear it with pride.”

NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith said that they realize there is “a balance between human rights and fairness on the field of play.”

“As well as being among the world’s best for her event, Laurel has met the IWF eligibility criteria including those based on IOC Consensus Statement guidelines for transgender athletes. We acknowledge that gender identity in sport is a highly sensitive and complex issue requiring a balance between human rights and fairness on the field of play,” Smith said. “As the New Zealand Team, we have a strong culture of manaaki and inclusion and respect for all. We are committed to supporting all eligible New Zealand athletes and ensuring their mental and physical wellbeing, along with their high-performance needs, while preparing for and competing at the Olympic Games are met.”

Save Women’s Sports Australasia responded to the news on Twitter, saying that “it is flawed policy from the IOC that has allowed the selection of a 43-year-old biological male who identifies as a woman to compete in the female category.”

Transgender people have been permitted to compete in the Olympics, as long as they meet certain criteria, since 2015.

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25 responses to “New Zealand Weightlifter to Become First Transgender Athlete Competing in Olympics”

  1. Jdbfortney says:

    Disgusting! Hope he feels proud of his win.

  2. McCaffrey6100 says:

    There is no transitioning. Humans cannot change their dna… He is pretending to be a woman. Accepting other people’s delusions as reality must stop or our society will crumble.

    When trans is not longer the hot topic, what make believe delusional idea will be next?

  3. neilinda says:

    Maybe i’m reading this wrong, but what it seems to say to me is that when “HE” broke his arm at the Commonwealth Games three (3) years ago, “he” thought “his” career was over… then, “she” got a better idea about how to keep competing… and probably win. Luckily for “her” there was enough time to transition…
    Time for me to wise up as well and boycott the games and the big sponsees as well.

  4. DrewHubbard says:

    Nooooo! I’m ashamed to share a last name with this person. Lol.

    So much of my family is the opposite of what this “Olympian” stands for! SMH.


  5. Locke-n-Paine says:

    Yes, boycott. The rational world has to start declining to enable these farces.

  6. Blankfield says:

    Take that you bigots!

  7. zepolkram says:

    What in the Holy Hell!!! I can lift more than this chick… err… dude… Wait, I’m confused… This is some other-worldly shit!!!

  8. Yobuyahouse says:

    Boycott olympic! Watching a cheater win why

  9. 51773 says:

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  10. PhatJimmy says:

    The world grows more retarded by the day. No one wants to watch a ‘woman’ with an adam’s apple and crotch bulge in the Olympics.

  11. xbandyx says:

    Does anyone know what the “certain criteria” are for these athletes to compete in the Olympics?

  12. Vlach95 says:

    Are we being trolled? This feels like NZ is done being taken seriously.

  13. Hollowed931 says:

    Anything that this person “wins” is completely unearned. They are welcome to stand on the podium and accept their medals but we know and deep down inside I am almost positive they know, that they didn’t really win anything! All they did was game the system and cheat someone else who actually worked hard to get where they are, out of their rightful honors.

  14. Dasva says:

    So for those that don’t know the requirement is just to have lowered testosterone for 1 year leading up to this. You can be get all the benefits for building up your entire body in ways that give you a manly advantage and then just be lower for a little time. To put it another way imagine if you let a man take tons of steroids and extra testosterone, bulk up a ton, then just go clean for a year while keeping those gains.

    To add extra kick to the nads…. ACTUAL WOMEN who NATURALLY produce extra testosterone are banned from competing in womens sports. You can’t make this shit up

  15. Ultimate sacrifice, cut off your dick and get us those female records. Maybe when we can spoil sports for all bio-woman and crossdress our CEOs , so we can convince them to get back to the stove and cook.

  16. ZedS says:

    This is why the olympics is dead. Some people just haven’t figured it out yet.

  17. frodolai says:

    South Park predicted this. lol

  18. Cursed108 says:

    If you cant win in the men’s division then just call yourself transgender and win the women’s GENIUES!!!

  19. Turk_Longwell says:

    So he transitioned at the age of 34. The male body, bone density, stronger tendons and all that were fully formed. They seems legit.
    Good news though, folks… Sarah Robles, 33 (USA). She won the gold in 2017 (World Weightlifting Championships) and 2019 (Pan American Games). So we have a great ACTUAL Female competitor representing USA.

  20. MFnHammer says:

    There REALLY is a simple solution, but the ‘woke’ would never go for it, because it doesn’t give any ADVANTAGES to the transgingers.

    Create a SEPERATE competition category. PERIOD. Men, women, and transgingers. INFACT, it’d be the fairest thing to do, but I am WELL aware it wouldn’t be sufficient to the LGBQWERTY1!$3+ community.

    The outcome of this situation is very foreseeable, even though you’ll hear the #FALSEnewsMINISTRIESofTruth complaining after the games about ratings/viewership. I can guarantee that I, along with 99% of the people that I know, won’t be watching the games(if the current situation takes place). In the short term, it sucks for the olympics. Long term, every such instance of these ‘woke’ events, ACTUALLY wakes people up to the absurdity(including our youth).

    P.S. I have ZERO problems with the gay community. Their complaint used to be, leave us alone, let us do what we want. NOW it’s, I’ll shove it down your throat, and you’ll either like it or be ‘cancelled’.

  21. “The lifter, who hails from Auckland, returned to competition in 2019 and performed strongly throughout the rest of the year and into 2020.” Understatement of the year.

  22. Feddy_Von_Wigglestein says:

    A 43 year old is going to compete with women who are probably all in their 20s. Love to hear how someone that age competing in the Olympics is anything other than proof of the fallacy of allowing men in women’s sports.

  23. Fenrir_G13 says:

    IOC has elected to further taint the Olympiad. Fuck your feelings, check them at the door and compete.
    If I’m on the same ” podium”, I’m vacating my medal or dedicating it to everyone whom finished below the genetic male.
    Woke = Passed Out Drunk.

  24. koakai says:

    Sorry to all those truly strong actual women that didn’t get to make the team because of of the bullshit surrounding today’s media. Stay strong and don’t give up