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Laurel Hubbard

Laurel Hubbard

Weightlifter from New Zealand
Laurel Hubbard
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Intro Weightlifter from New Zealand
A.K.A. Gavin Hubbard
Is Athlete Weightlifter
From New Zealand
Type Sports
Gender transgender female
Birth 1978
Age 43 years
The details (from wikipedia)


Laurel Hubbard (born 1978) is a New Zealand transgender weightlifter.


Hubbard is the child of Dick Hubbard, a former Mayor of Auckland City and the founder of Hubbard Foods.

Competing before her gender transition, Hubbard set New Zealand junior records in 1998 in the newly established M105+ division with snatch 135 kg, clean & jerk 170 kg, total 300 kg. Those records were later surpassed by David Liti.

In 2012 Hubbard was appointed to the position of Executive Officer for Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand. Subsequently she transitioned to female and became Laurel Hubbard.

At the 2017 Australian International & Australian Open in Melbourne, she competed at the heaviest 90 kg+ category, winning the gold medal with a 123 kg snatch and 145 kg clean & jerk, for a total of 268 kg at a bodyweight of 131.83 kg. She thus became the first trans woman to win an international weightlifting title for New Zealand. Although Hubbard met eligibility requirements to compete, her win sparked controversy, with some other competitors claiming the competition was unfair. Athletes that were critical of the decision to allow Hubbard to compete include Iuniarra Sipaia, Toafitu Perive, Deborah Acason and Tracey Lambrechs. Australian Weightlifting Federation's chief executive, Michael Keelan, said it was unfair to other competitors.

Hubbard qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, but an elbow injury during the competition forced her withdrawal from the event while leading the field.

Hubbard won two gold medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. The decision to allow Hubbard to compete was subsequently criticised by the Samoa 2019 chairman, Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio, and Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi.

Major results

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
World Championships
2017 Anaheim, United States +90 kg 120 124 127 Laurel Hubbard 144 147 151 4 275 Laurel Hubbard
Commonwealth Games
2018 Gold Coast, Australia +90 kg 120 127 132 1 --- --- --- --- --- DNF
Oceania Championships
2019 Apia, Samoa +87 kg 112 118 125 1 133 143 148 1 268 Laurel Hubbard
2017 Gold Coast, Australia +90 kg 120 127 133 1 140 146 152 1 273 Laurel Hubbard
Commonwealth Championships
2019 Apia, Samoa +87 kg 112 118 125 1 133 143 148 1 268 Laurel Hubbard
2017 Gold Coast, Australia +90 kg 120 127 133 1 140 146 152 1 273 Laurel Hubbard
Pacific Games
2019 Apia, Samoa +87 kg 112 118 125 Laurel Hubbard 133 143 148 Laurel Hubbard 268 Laurel Hubbard
Arafura Games
2019 Darwin, Australia +87 kg 110 110 110 --- --- --- --- --- --- DNF
World Masters Games
2017 Auckland, New Zealand +90 kg 120 127 131 1 135 143 149 1 280 Laurel Hubbard

Personal life

In January 2019, Hubbard pleaded guilty to careless driving causing injury after an incident in October 2018 which left another driver with severe spinal injuries. She paid reparations and was disqualified from driving for one month. The presiding judge also ordered that Hubbard's name be suppressed to avoid distressing publicity as she trained for the Olympics. However, the order was lifted in July 2019 after Stuff appealed to the High Court.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 23 Aug 2019. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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