Commonwealth Games: Transgender Kiwi star's injury could be 'career-ending'

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard reacts after failing to make a lift in the snatch of the women's +90kg weightlifting final

Born Gavin Hubbard, she represented New Zealand in male weightlifting events before transitioning to female in her 30s, and won two silver medals in the women's +90kg category at last year's world championships.

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard's injury to her elbow from yesterday's Commonwealth Games final could be career-ending, she says. Samoa's Feagaiga Stowers, second behind Hubbard before her injury, took gold with a total lift of 253kg, ahead of Charisma Amoe-Tarrant from Nauru and England's Emily Campbell.

Video games officers had repeatedly declared their assist for Hubbard's inclusion within the occasion, regardless of the 40-year-old having beforehand competed internationally on the lads's weightlifting circuit below the identify Gavin Hubbard.

In 2017, she competed in the heaviest 90kg plus category in the Australian International and Australian Open in Melbourne. Last fall, she was cleared by the International Olympic Committee and International Weightlifting Federation to compete against other female lifters in the 200lb class.

The Commonwealth Games Federation rebutted the anti-trans claims of Keelan and his federation, saying that "there is no moral, ethical or legal basis to prevent transgender athletes from pursuing their sporting ambitions".

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) rejected calls to have her excluded from the games.

CGF chief executive David Grevemberg said while Hubbard is eligible to compete under worldwide weightlifting guidelines, it is clearly an issue that needs further discussion. "I don't necessarily agree with that, but that's the rules so good on her".

"A person is a person and a lady is a lady and I do know a variety of modifications have gone by way of, however prior to now Laurel Hubbard was once a male champion weightlifter", he stated. "I feel like there was a big embrace", Hubbard said, holding back her tears.

Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand reacts after dropping the bar and injuring her arm causing her to withdraw from the
Transgender weightlifter withdraws halfway through event

"The crowd was absolutely magnificent", said Hubbard.

Hubbard travelled to Australia later than the rest of the New Zealand weightlifting team. I believe to remain true to the sport.

A transgender weightlifter who made waves at the Commonwealth Games said her career may be over after she suffered a dramatic injury mid-competition.

"Thank you very much for your support, I'm very grateful".

"I'm not here to change the world, I'm just here to be myself. My only regret is I was unable to do that".

"The Commonwealth Games here are a model for what sport can, and should, be".

Then, as I put on my hard-bitten sports reporter's trilby, I had to question what seemed like a terrible tactical move that may have played a part in her Games downfall.

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