Olympic Weightlifting NZ: Competitors 'very accepting' of Hubbard's participation

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 21 Jun 2021, 6:18PM
Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard. (Photo / Photosport)
Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard. (Photo / Photosport)

Olympic Weightlifting NZ: Competitors 'very accepting' of Hubbard's participation

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 21 Jun 2021, 6:18PM

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has become the first openly transgender athlete picked for an Olympic Games.

She has been named as part of a five strong New Zealand contingent for Tokyo.

Hubbard will compete in the women's 87kg category and is ranked fourth in the division.

Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand High Performance Director Simon Kent told Heather du Plessis-Allan it is a proud moment for the organisation as it's the most they have ever sent. 

"Laurel's comeback after the dislocated elbow at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games shows a real tenacity on her part."

He says that she is reasonably well positioned and has a chance of positioning. 

Hubbard's participation has been controversial, but Kent says that fellow competitors are usually supportive at events. 

"Whilst there is clearly discussion and what-not about her participation, when we are at events, there is a sense of togetherness and people are very accepting of Laurel participating. 

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