Commonwealth Games: Transgender weightlifter Hubbard says injury career-ending

Dean Simpson
April 10, 2018

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard reacts after failing to make a lift in the snatch of the women's +90kg weightlifting final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Earlier this year, the Australian Weightlifting Federation failed in a formal application to block Hubbard from the Games.

Hubbard, whose participation was criticised as "unfair" by the Samoan team, lifted 120kg but appeared to injure her arm after attempting 132kg with her third effort at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre on Monday.

"Until we have further scanning, we won't know the details".

He said: "A man is a man and a woman is a woman and I know a lot of changes have gone through".

However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) states that for transgender women to compete, they must demonstrate their testosterone levels are below 10 nmol/L for "at least 12 months prior to her first competition".


"She felt it unfair for her to compete (with Hubbard). I don't necessarily agree with that, but that's the rules so good on her".

Described as an "introverted character" by New Zealand's weightlifting high-performance director Simon Kent, Hubbard admitted she had anxious about the crowd's reaction prior to competition.

"I think it's completely unfair on the other athletes".

"We can always go back and re-run these things in our heads, but the truth is unless we try to be the best person and athlete we can be, then really we're not being true to sport".

Hubbard couldn't hold the weight at the top and suffered what she suspects may be a ruptured ligament in her left elbow as the bar dropped from her grasp behind her.

'But in the past Laurel Hubbard used to be a male champion weightlifter.


Not one of the additional lifters, including Australia's Deb Loveley-Acason, acquired everywhere near Hubbard'therefore indicate.

"I love the way she just wanted to come and not just to turn up, but actually test herself".

Stowers, whose coach had slammed Hubbard's entry as an "unfair advantage" in the lead-up, claimed gold with a combined total of 253kg, ahead of Nauruan Charisma Amoe-Tarrant (243) and England's Emily Campbell (242). "But there's no indication at all today that they were anything other than absolutely fantastic, a real credit to the Australian people and also the broader sporting community".

Despite this, Hubbard put on another 3kg for a 130kg hoist for her next lift.

"It's obviously a hard time, but the one thing I'm happiest about is that I tried to reach for my best performance".


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