‘Just Not Fair: Update’

“Laurel Hubbard has been named in the New Zealand {women’s} weightlifting team for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

“He is first ‘transgender’ athlete to represent New Zealand at international level and he will compete in the over-90kgs category…”

–‘Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard named New Zealand’s Commonwealth Games team’,
Melissa Davies, Newshub, 24/11/2017


Just Not Fair’ (Transgender/Australia/Weightlifting) {June 23, 2017}:
https://www.facebook.com/InsideSports2015/photos/a.365103190344815.1073741828.364986927023108/685781891610275/?type=3&theater }

Laurel Hubbard (1NEWS)

“Australia’s weightlifting chief says New Zealand’s selection of ‘transgender’ athlete Laurel Hubbard will create an uneven playing field at next year’s ‘Commonwealth Games’…

“The 39-year-old was a national junior record-holder in the male 105kg class before ‘transitioning’ in his mid-30s.

“Rival athletes complained that he had an unfair advantage after winning gold at the ‘Australian Open’ this year, lifting 123 kilos in the snatch and 145 kilos in the clean and jerk.

“Australian Weightlifting Federation chief executive Michael Keelan on Friday claimed Hubbard would have both a physiological and mental edge over his rivals.

We’re in a power sport which is normally related to masculine tendencies … where you’ve got that aggression, you’ve got the right hormones, then you can lift bigger weights,” he told AAP…

I personally don’t think it’s a level playing field. That’s my personal view and I think it’s shared by a lot of people in the sporting world.”

“Hubbard was unavailable for interview but ‘Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand’ said he met International Olympic Committee regulations related to acceptable testosterone levels…

“The vexed issue of transgender inclusion in elite sports was debated in Australia recently when former male handball player Hannah Mouncey was barred from the AFL Women’s competition.”

–‘Commonwealth Games: Backlash over New Zealand transgender weightlifter’,
Sydney Morning Herald, November 24, 2017


See also:
A Man Is Still a Man: Political Correctness Meets Biological Reality’ (MMA/Transgender) {Aug. 6, 2017}:

Undermining Fair Competition’ (Transgender/Wrestling) {April 11, 2017}:
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