Controversial transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was named sportswoman of
the year after competing at the Tokyo Olympics. Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has
been named sportswoman of year by New Zealand’s University of Otago
Ms. Hubbard, 43, became the first openly transgender woman to compete in a
solo event at the Olympics when she qualified for the women’s 87+ kg weightlifting
at the Tokyo Olympic Games earlier this year.
Ms. Hubbard said she was ‘grateful for all of the support and kindness received from
the teaching staff and students at Otago University in a statement to the Otago Daily
Times. ‘It is not possible for athletes to compete at the Olympic level without the
encouragement and Aroha of friends, family, and supporters.
International Olympic Committee changed its rules to allow women to compete
if their testosterone levels are below a certain threshold.
She released a statement
after qualifying for the Games through the IOC thanking them for their inclusivity.
‘I see the Olympic Games as a global celebration of our hopes, ideals, and values and
I would like to thank the IOC for its commitment to making sport inclusive and
accessible,’ she said.