NZ weightlifter selected as first transgender Olympian

22 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

NZ weightlifter selected as first transgender Olympian

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was selected as the first transgender Olympic athlete on Monday after Kiwi officials made a groundbreaking call on “a highly sensitive and complex issue”, reports AFP. New Zealand Olympic Committee chief Kereyn Smith said Hubbard, 43 -- who was born male but transitioned to female in her 30s -- met all the qualification criteria for transgender athletes. She will contest the women’s +87kg category in Tokyo, an event in which she is currently ranked 16th in the world. “I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders... your support, your encouragement, and your aroha (love) carried me through the darkness,” Hubbard said.


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