Laurel Hubbard is a 39- year old transgender weight lifter who was born male. Hubbard made history as the first transgender athlete to represent New Zealand during the Australian International Competition in Melbourne in the women’s over 90kg division.
Not only did Hubbard completely destroy all the others by quite a bit at the competition, but also set many unofficial records in the process, lifting a combined total of 268kg, which was 19kg more than the silver medalist.
This moment was considered big for the LBGT community and has secured Hubbard’s place next year in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
From New Zealand Herald:
Hubbard’s emergence as an international-calibre lifter last year forced Lambrechs to drop to a lower weight division, shedding 17kg in order to meet the 90kg class. Lambrechs, who won bronze at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, admitted she was initially upset by being knocked off the top rung in the rankings by Hubbard, but she is trying to take a positive approach to her competitive future.
Making her debut in the 90kg division, Lambrechs had a promising start, taking out the silver with a combined total of 206kg.