Man Who Identifies as Woman Dominates Female Weightlifting Competition

Photo Credit: New Zealand Herald

MELBOURNE – A 39-year-old man who identifies as a woman dominated a women’s weightlifting competition in Australia last week, becoming the first “transgender” person from New Zealand to compete in the games.

Gavin Hubbard of New Zealand describes himself as a female. Although he spent over 30 years living as man and competed in national men’s weightlifting competitions, he decided when he was in his mid-30’s to begin identifying as a female. He is now 39 and goes by the name Laurel.

Last weekend, Hubbard competed in the Australian International weightlifting competition in Melbourne. He dominated the over 90kg (198lbs) division, lifting 268kg (591lbs) and besting the second-place finisher by 19kg (42lbs). He set four international records in the process.

Due to a 2015 rule change from the International Olympic Committee, men who identify as women are allowed to participate in women’s sporting competitions as long as their testosterone levels are under a certain threshold for 12 months before the competitions. According to sports scientists, men who qualify have a natural advantage over their female competitors.

“They’ve already had the benefits of having higher levels of testosterone than a female, and they’re not going to lose that muscle mass in a hurry,” said sports scientist Dr. Simon Sostaric in an interview with New Zealand’s 1 NEWS.

Hubbard’s performance last weekend sparked a debate among the Australian and New Zealand athletic communities, with some supporting Hubbard and others arguing that he has an unfair advantage.

“Laurel has passed all of those [testosterone] tests over the last 12 months,” said sportswriter Phil Gifford in an interview with New Zealand’s TVNZ. “Therefore she is completely entitled, I believe, to compete, and anybody who says otherwise is either being, I think, very prejudiced, which is the main thing I imagine, or just jealous of the fact that maybe this woman has come along and she’s better than the female competitors.”

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“It is nevertheless a fact,” Gifford added, “that in the years when she was competing as a male weightlifter, that there would be I’m sure some residual strength left from that, but the fact is the rules are the rules and the rules allow her to compete and the people who are complaining about it really should just butt out.”

Several athletes who competed in the weightlifting games were frustrated that Hubbard was allowed to participate.

“She is who she is. That’s … what the New Zealanders have decided,” said bronze medalist Kaitlyn Fassina, according to Stuff.co.nz. “I can’t say much more than that. She is seen as female and that’s the way it is.”

Another weightlifter who competed in last weekend’s games said, “We all deserve to be on an even playing field.”

“It’s difficult when you believe that you’re not in that situation of being in an equal playing field,” she told TVNZ. “If it’s not even, then why are we doing this sport?”

Garry Marshall, president of the Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand, told the New Zealand Herald that there is no sports category for “transgender” individuals.

“We have to follow the policy of the International Olympic Committee and the International Weightlifting Federation,” he stated. “They do not acknowledge in any way the gender identity of an athlete other than male or female; they’re not described as transgender.”

Hubbard does have “huge advantages” over his rivals, Marshall added.

“She competed for a long time as a man and her efforts were very strong. That strength has remained with her despite reduced testosterone,” he said. “That point is not recognized by the science and some of our competitors would say that’s not fair.”


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  • Richard May

    i shall go by the name ‘puke,’ because this is disgusting

  • PilgrimGirl

    “men who qualify have a natural advantage over their female competitors”. DUH! Yet the rules will allow it if a male can get his testosterone level low enough for a year?

  • Amos Moses

    Down is up …… black is white ….. wrong is right ………. bizarro world ………

    • HeLives

      Just as God said it would be.
      Days of Noah.
      And ‘woe’.

  • InTheChurch

    This guy gets a gold, that boy in Texas gets a state title in wrestling and we might see a dude in the WNBA dunking and winning titles. Why not? fair is fair!

    • Michael C

      … that boy in Texas gets a state title in wrestling…

      I think you’re confused.

      The 17 year old transgender boy in Texas does not want to compete against girls. He wants to compete against other boys. The state won’t let him.

      • InTheChurch

        US New has this as a headline on 2/26/17: Transgender Wrestler Wins Texas Championship for Girls.
        he won the state title.

        • Michael C

          Yeah, that’s the one. As it says in your chosen article, he would much prefer to compete against other boys but the state won’t let him.

          • InTheChurch

            Michael, do you think he has a shot against boys with more testosterone and much more core strength?

          • Michael C

            Michael, do you think he has a shot against boys with more testosterone and much more core strength?

            He’s taking testosterone and he would be competing against boys in his own weight class.

            Besides the fact that he and his family would prefer that he compete with other boys, I think it would just be more fair for the other students.

            (btw, I appreciate the fact that you’re being respectful of his gender identity and using his preferred pronouns. Many on this site refuse to show transgender people this basic respect. Thank you)

          • C_Alan_Nault

            They are a bunch of freaks

          • C_Alan_Nault

            Trans is a choice

          • Amos Moses

            “He’s taking testosterone”

            and he should be disqualified on that basis alone …..

          • Michael C

            Because he has the testosterone levels of a male, I agree with you, he should not be competing with girls.

          • InTheChurch

            I have no reason to disrespect. No problem.
            What I see, it is actually not fair. Here is why? taking testosterone is like taking steroids. Follow me here, I know it’s not the same thing, he will have to take “illegal” supplements and that is not fair for the other boys. They could complain about possible drug use or enhancement use. I hope you follow me on this. It is not a fair and equal playing field. he would have to go in with no supplements and would have to rely on the natural hormones. that is at a female level, he would have to wrestle with the girls. I hope you get where I am going with this.

          • Michael C

            This transgender boy (whose birth certificate says female) takes hormones to bring his testosterone levels up to that of a boy’s.

            It’s clear that he’s a skilled and accomplished athlete but, in my opinion, the hormones that he takes give him an advantage over the girls he is being forced to compete against. I agree with you that this is unfair but, in Texas, students are required to compete based on the sex noted on their birth certificate. His birth certificate says that he is female.

            Being that he has the testosterone levels of a boy, it is my opinion that he should be competing against other boys. He and his family also feel that he should be competing as a boy.

            I don’t understand your position. Do you think that he should be competing against other boys or do you think that it’s okay that he’s being forced to compete as a female?

          • ben blais

            No testes no male.. What someone desires to be has no bearing on what they are.. You cannot change biology.. You can warp it (like Satan does with all he reigns over) like the homosexuals, lost in their own wicked desires who seek to make a garbage chute a sexual organ.. Your sick desires do not make truth.. One truth, and all else is a lie.

          • InTheChurch

            For me, it is not about who he is wrestling but rather about the supplements. He is not wrestling on a fair playing field. He is too strong for the ladies and too weak for the boys. (I mean no offense to that last part)
            Why? In my state, no one, participates in any sports being on any type of supplement. So, regardless of gender ID, no supplements. Again, no matter how you look at it, unfair playing field for and against him.

          • Michael C

            He is too strong for the ladies and too weak for the boys.

            You seem to know more about this Texas high-schooler than I do. He’s too weak to compete against other boys in his weight class? Is that so? How do you know this?

            Having the testosterone levels of other males does not give him an advantage over them. You obviously don’t even believe this.

            Do you believe that a boy (cisgender) with a medical condition that requires hormone therapy for him to maintain normal, healthy testosterone levels should be ineligible to compete with his peers?

          • InTheChurch

            I don’t Michael. I don’t know this young man. I’m he is a great guy. The family is probably a respected group in the community. I hope they are all those things.
            I am familiar with High School sports and how they operate and that is where I am coming from. I am not defending him or going against him. I am looking at this through the eyes of the coaches and state sport commissioners or athletic directors. I am also familiar with enhancing “supplements” (general term) and how it is seen and look down upon. Too many, it is cheating or getting ahead. In this case, and I am guessing, they will have to state what level he can be at and compete at that level. Anything above that is “cheating” or an advantage. Anything below that is not a fair playing field.
            to your last question, I think that young man can play any sport. I have no issue with that. go for it. but the athletic commissioner of the state needs to establish a “normal” level of testosterone for all athletes or athletes like this young man to make sure everyone is on a fair level.
            I see this case going to the courts and making the state commissioners have to address this and make sure this is happening. Out here Cali, I can see this happening. They already drug test or pull blood if someone is questioned or has symptoms of enhancements.
            Michael, I am not against him. I am looking at the whole picture. This is going to be a big topic in the future. level checks will be required and MD notes to clear the use of hormones.

          • Michael C

            I agree that this is a somewhat new territory for high school sports but I’m hoping that they’ll have no trouble addressing these issues just as larger sporting organizations have done. I think we’ve all read stories about female athletes being disqualified from professional sports because they’ve been discovered to have intersex characteristics (often to the surprise of the athletes themselves).

            Unfortunately, instead of addressing these issues rationally, governing bodies (such as Texas’ University Interscholastic League) are making decision based on politics instead of the well-being of children.

          • HeLives

            This is so perverting life for so many, in too many areas.
            What used to be ‘normal’ is now not, b/c of the slimmest % of people.
            The majority have lost their say, to the minority. Not just wrong being right, right wrong & everything so totally twisted, as it is & continues to find more twisted ways. Like the guy doing all he can, to be an ‘alien’.
            People marrying animals will soon be commonplace, too. As beastiality is, already. Still ‘taboo’… For now.
            God is truly sending Jesus to call His out, soon.
            Days of Noah are sickeningly too much here now.
            So sad, so many will find out the truth, the hardest of ways.
            Just pray for them.

          • InTheChurch

            I agree. This was foretold in the bible, like you say.

  • C_Alan_Nault

    Just sick!!

  • michael louwe

    Soon, “pretty and sexy” transvestites will be winning Miss New York, Miss USA, Miss Universe and Miss World. *sarcasm*

    Liberalism is like a mental disease = “stupid is as stupid does”.
    The power-crazy liberals of the Blue States are willing to take it up their azz or sell-out America if they could get more votes, eg from the LGBTQs, Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, etc.

    • Grace Kim Kwon

      If the mass do not seek the truth but just free entry and free stuff, the mass will pay the consequences.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    This is not fair. He should have been in men’s competitions instead of women’s. No truth(birth gender) = No fairness. It’s worse than winning by taking drugs. Some women indeed got positions not because of superior ability but because of being female for diversity’s sake and pushed men off, but what is unfair is unfair for-ever. Things should be reformed so that fairness will return. Fairness is more important than winning or making gains or being popular.

    • HeLives

      If this is the Twisted way things will be now in sports (& it certainly does look like that), then they need to make new categories for ‘trans people’. So the playing field will be more FAIR to those who are who they are, w/o trying to be someone they’re Not.
      I see a huge change coming in sports, where those who have trained in their chosen fields for so long as the gender they were born, to start dropping out in total disgust. As they should.
      Where are all the PROTESTERS for what’s RIGHT?
      Hello people?
      Give these people their OWN sports to play in/compete. See how well THAT ‘works’ for them. Bet they don’t like it. One bit.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        So true. Sad. And sports competions nowadays only increase sex slavery and prostitutions in the hosting city.

        • HeLives

          Exactly. Which is a whole other, ‘abomination’ that those perps will be paying for.

          People in the US have NO idea how wide spread that horrid problem is. They think it only goes on ‘elsewhere.’
          The US has been coddled & protected for so long, when the ‘Wake Up call’ arrives, they’ll be dumbfounded. 911 was apparently only a brief disruption in their sleep. God’s ‘backhand’ will be far worse.

          • Grace Kim Kwon

            Yes, for all rich secular nations. So sad to see the once-noble Christian America becoming something so different. Christian Americans will stand.

  • shalom

    another fifty years and the words male and female will disappear from society, replaced with “person” only. no more male team sports, female team sports. strange world its becoming.

    • HeLives

      We don’t have 50 yrs. left.
      Not even close.
      The world is becoming Exactly what God predicted it would be, over 2,000 yrs. ago.
      Hope you get on board w/Jesus, before it’s too late to change your mind.

      • shalom

        I agree. It’s amazing how the world is so blind they are actually giving up genders in schools. So, there are no real boys and girls anymore? It’s beyond crazy. It’s insane, yet the devil is insane. His kingdom of darkness is insane. Clever, cunning, and insane. When I grew up I was a tomboy for 12 years. I wanted to be a boy, acted like a boy, and played only with boys. At age 13 or so I began to realize I was a girl and started acting like it. When you’re a kid you think like a kid, but as you grow your mind develops. Thank God my parents didn’t label me transgender.

        • HeLives

          Days of Noah….
          Seems to be at least 1 new abomination, daily.
          And the blind continue to ignore all God’s ‘warnings’ to repent & be saved.
          By today’s standards, you’d of been in counseling w/a ‘professional’ who specifically deals w/’trans’ kids.
          Brad Pitt & Angie’s kid, Shiloh, (natural born, not adopted) as been seeing a ‘trans’ therapist, since she was 6. Wants to be a ‘boy’. They dress her like one, even w/underwear, has a hair cut like a boy & they are discussing her ‘transition’, so she can have her wish. Refuses to answer them, unless they address her as ‘John or Peter’, (some irony there) whichever name suits her on a particular day. lol
          Better happen soon, as she is almost a tween. She’s probably on meds to stop her from hormonal changes that a female would be going thru. Angie started catering to her little girl whims, as young as 2 Yrs. Old! Yeah, listen to a toddler say ‘I want boys things!,’ as she play w/her adopted brothers & only their toys. Must be a boy! 😉
          All her sibs are ‘OK’ w/it. Part of Angie’s teachings of total acceptance of everyone, regarding everything. Resulting in her not believing in discipline. Lets the kids run their own show/lives. Which was a big part of their marital problems, as Brad believes in ‘parenting’, over allowing any child, especially under 10, to tell their parents how they will be running (& ruining) their lives.
          No wonder she lied to get full custody. Poor kids. Products of demon driven, Hollyweird, society. No chance for ‘normalcy’, at all.
          If this is happening in this sicko family, imagine all the other ‘parents’ placating their dictator kids to their own tunes. That’s what they’re taught today. If you want it, “GO FOR IT!” And don’t let anyone tell you differently. Even mom & dad. Force it on them, & threaten them w/abuse, if you don’t get your way.
          What’s been done to Shiloh IS abuse! Major. Criminal, at best. Too bad it’s all encouraged today.
          And fools who look at these people say, ‘See, they’re doing it, so it must be OK for me & mine too!’
          Thankfully, I’m not God. I’d of pulled out all the stops by now. Let the sin filled chips, fall where they will.
          Lord, come quickly.

          • shalom

            I am reminded of my own blind mind before I got saved. I used to think sin was okay too. The world is getting more perverted though as more and more compromise occurs. Each generation is worse. Let’s praise God we are saved and have been pulled from the mire.

          • HeLives

            I praise God daily for my Salvation & everything else I’ve been blessed with. I have Christian radio & Praise on, over secular, all the time. TV too, when it’s on at all.

            As much as I look forward to the Rapture, I fear for my unsaved family & others I love. They’ve all heard, over the years. 1 has said the prayer w/me, but is being very confused by a cousin in another state from her, who’s husband is heavily into the Masons, & she, the Eastern Star. Yet, some of what she says, sounds ‘good’.

            I have been pushed out, in favor of that influence. So I have very little contact w/any of them. All I can do is pray for them & for God to touch each one in their own situations, so they will ‘see’. Same for my unsaved friends.

            None of us could ‘see’, before God took off our devil made blinders.

            Those who keep saying & believing, “I’m a good person”, are probably in more trouble, then many. B/C they don’t feel a ‘need’ for Jesus’ redemption, even tho they believe in Him. They feel they’re ‘good enough.’ Not a ‘Charles Manson, or Hitler’, so they’re OK.

            They love their sin, as we all did at one time, & don’t want to give it up, b/c they’ll be ‘missing out’ on something…. God surely won’t treat them like criminals & murderers. They are a tough sell. They ‘cherry pick’ what they want to believe about God’s Word. As long as it suits them & their lifestyle choices, it’s all good.

            I just keep praying….
            Continued Blessings to you, Shalom.

          • shalom

            I too have family members who talk well but walk horribly. One is not saved but thinks she is, she is pretending as their is NO fruit. Others are saved but just making mistakes. God will show you as He probably already has what is going on. The hardest part of my life with Christ has been family members who are unbelievers. There is no true fellowship with them. They band together against the righteous. The believers in my family are also dishonoring of each other; they do not understand God’ desire for unity and brotherly love for some reason. I have learned that many in my family will go to hell, and that is their choice. You just can’t make people love God. I fasted once for a friend’s father. He ended up marrying a Christian gal months later but I don’t know if he ever got saved. I do know God moved in his life though to try to get through to his blockhead. I watched Ray Comfort witness to a guy on the street once and the dude admitted he knew God wanted him saved and that he constantly felt convicted of his sins, yet he wanted to keep sinning because it was fun. He knew he was going to hell, felt bad about it, but didn’t want to give up his sin.

          • HeLives

            It’s very unfortunate that so many will perish b/c they rather have their fun sin here, in this life, over a life w/God forever, in the next. It sure will not have been worth it. But, you can’t tell them that. They honestly believe they’ll be seeing the rest of their sinner friends & be living it up in hell, forever. Satan has them so bamboozled.
            We can’t really judge who God is going to accept, if they have said the sinners prayer & really meant it at the time. I know it looks bad when there is zero fruit & they seem to ‘miss’ so much, but different people react differently. I do know those on their death beds, who accept Jesus ARE taken by God & they have done nothing here for Him. So, if that’s the case for them, then who knows how much ‘grace’ & ‘mercy’ is given to those who may have meant it at the time, but then failed to follow thru. But, still talking/praying to God…. IDK. Only He knows the true heart of every man. No fruit? Well, no reward, either.
            My take on those who ‘failed’ is, they’ll be ‘left behind’ after the Rapture & they’ll THEN realize they should have done differently. And THEN they WILL. They’ll be helping others come to Christ during the horror show that will be taking place after & THEN be willing to do what it takes. B/C they’ll ‘know’ & no one who tries, will be able to take that knowledge away from them. They’ll die for it. Just as prophecy tells.
            So I pray for those I know that have not ‘followed thru’, that they ‘get it’ PRIOR to the Rapture. I don’t want anyone I know or am related to, to go thru that horror show beyond words, let alone go to hell.
            Pray is a powerful weapon. And many times, it’s all we have. But, surely it can be enough! Don’t give up on anyone! God certainly doesn’t. B/C His Son Jesus, died for us ALL.
            I will keep your family in my prayers. 🙂

  • Trey Porter

    Love thy neighbor. I support all people in their journey to better themselves. If you have an issue with the rules/policies, that is one thing. But this woman is compliant with all the rules on the books. Do I think it is unfair to the other athletes, yes. But rules are rules and I am not willing to place the blame on this athlete.

    • HeLives

      We are not to ‘love’, or ‘support’ Sin.
      Anymore than God does. He created Man & Woman. He does not make ‘mistakes’, as so many would like to believe, to help them suit themselves about ‘right & wrong’. It does not work that way, no matter how you want to try to ‘twist’ it.

      God is not going to be supporting any ‘sin’ where He is. His Son DIED a horrible, agonizing death, to wipe it from us. IF we choose Him to do so.
      He didn’t come here to suffer more than any other man, to allow us full reign w/our sin, as we so please. Especially today.

      Unfortunately, too many will be finding that out, the most hardest of ways.
      Very sad for them.

      • Trey Porter

        Who are you to judge? This is such a big problem with Christianity. We need more love and less judgment. We are not perfect, He is. Leave the judgment to Him. He is the creator, and He created men and women and gave them the ability to question identity and preference. You said yourself, He doesn’t make, “mistakes.” (I’ll ignore the hateful language you used, calling what *you* judge as sinners to be mistakes.) So a good Christian should love ALL people and let God sort it all out.

        • HeLives

          Sorry my reply does not agree w/your personal opinion. But I go by what the Word of God says. I take it you are not as familiar w/it. He will be the one judging both the unrighteous & us, for what we did & did not do for Jesus.
          If we stand by those who are living in sin against His Word, we will be judged for that, over not speaking out, to stand for HIM & try to point out the consequences for turning on Him, in favor of sin.
          He clearly points it out, Himself. And WE are here to do for Jesus, NOT for ‘ourselves.’
          Hope you realize that one day, before it’s pointed out to you, by Him.
          So I WILL stand for God, over Sin, any day. Sorry you call yourself a Christian, & will not. God will be separating those who are ‘in name only’, as well.
          If I see someone standing in front of an oncoming train that is going to wipe them out, I WILL say something & try to get them OFF that DEATH track. Not to do so, would be judged by others, correct? I don’t just stand & watch those who are on the train track, oblivious to what’s oncoming, by choice &/or ignorance of God’s Word.
          We are to love all, but NEVER accept Sin. Just like HE does.
          Ask God to show you HIS truth. Not your own, opinion about it.
          Best w/it.

  • HeLives

    So sad & so unfair to so many, who have trained so hard for so long.
    Only to be wiped out in moments, by someone who ‘thinks’ they are something, they’re NOT.
    Woe to the society that allows such abominations to God. Much less ‘welcomes’ it.
    We have it coming…..

  • Chet

    Wow, these transgender babes are quite the lookers….