Scandal in women’s weightlifting — it’s more than just ball-tampering, by Joanne Nova.
Laurel Hubbard, NZ, used to be Gavin Hubbard and competed in the 105 kg+ category where he lifted a combined weight of 330 kg, which is 45 kg more than the women’s heavyweight Commonwealth Games record of 285 kg. In the female weightlifting divisions there is not even a 105+ kg+ category. The largest women lifters are 90 kg. The question is not whether Hubbard will win the gold (that’s seen as a given) but whether she will set the new Games record.
Looking at world records, the strongest man can lift 37% more weight than the strongest woman. Laurel Hubbard won her first “womens” weightlifting award only last year. She is 40 years old. Developing as a man for 35+ years does not give her an unfair advantage — according to the relevant bureaucrats. She’s been permitted to compete in the Commonwealth games because her testosterone levels qualify.
In politically correct biology, testosterone is the only variable that helps male lifters beat women. The density and strength of her bones, width of her shoulders, muscle mass, type of muscle fibers are all irrelevant. Who knew that lowering testosterone will make a 38 year old heart shrink to girlie dimensions?
The message here to female athletes is “why bother”. Where are the feminists talking about oppression?
Disquiet over transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, by Will Swanton.
The 40-year-old Hubbard will take on Australia’s Deborah Acason in the +90kg category after she was cleared by the International Weightlifting Federation to compete in women’s tournaments last year. She represented New Zealand as Gavin Hubbard before she transitioned in her mid-30s. The International Olympic Committee allowed her to take part in last year’s world championships, where she was a silver medallist, after ruling she had undergone at least one year of hormone therapy and was recording sufficiently low levels of testosterone. …
Australia’s weightlifting boss has unsuccessfully protested her inclusion. The head coach of the disgruntled Samoan squad, Jerry Wallwork, has become a strident critic. Samoa’s Feagaiga Stowers is ranked No 2 in the Commonwealth behind Hubbard, and Wallwork says she’s competing for a silver medal at best.
“A man is a man and a woman is a woman and I know a lot of changes have gone through, but in the past Laurel Hubbard used to be a male champion weightlifter,” Wallwork said.
“The strength is still there and I think it’s very unfair, and for all females it’s unfair.”