Laurel Hubbard, 39, represented New Zealand in the Australian International competition in Melbourne and won her/his division. A lot of people are unhappy because– to state the obvious– it’s not freaking fair.
— FloElite (@Flo_Elite) March 20, 2017
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.
The 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.
I don’t care if it’s politically-incorrect to say this. It’s not fair. Hubbard was born a male. He/she didn’t even transition until his/her mid-30s, meaning he/she went through puberty as a normal male. Biological males are generally stronger than biological females (not to mention the differences in bone structure).
To make matters worse, Hubbard used to compete in men’s weightlifting competitions on a national level. And yes. He/she competed as a man, Gavin Hubbard. But now that he feeeeeeeels like a chick? He/she gets to compete against the girls. His/her presence actually forced Rio Olympic lifter Tracey Lambrechs to cut weight and compete in a different division altogether.
Another lifter told New Zealand TV news station 1News Now Hubbard’s entry into the female category was unfair to other competitors.
“We all deserve to be on an even playing field,” the weightlifter said.
“It’s difficult when you believe that you’re not. If its not even, why are we doing the sport?” she said.
Exactly. HOW IS THAT FAIR?
However, some people say Hubbard has every right to compete against women. Even though he’s a man who didn’t transition to a woman until a few years ago.
In an interview with the New Zealand news program, prominent sportswriter Phil Gifford said Hubbard had every right to compete with the women after passing “straightforward” hormone regulations.
“It’s testosterone levels which is a much more scientific way of measuring male gender, female gender than anything else that is currently known.
“And Lauren has passed all of those tests over the last 12 months,” he said.
Doesn’t matter. He/she went through puberty as a male. He/she has an unfair advantage. But that’s the world we live in, I guess. You can go through your entire life as a man, compete against other men in men’s weightlifting competitions, suddenly decide you’re a woman and compete against them instead.
This world sucks.