Backlash from Australia against transgender weightlifter

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 24 November 2017Family First Comment: It was always going to end in tears…#DenyingBiologyAustralia’s weightlifting chief says New Zealand’s selection of transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard will create an uneven playing field at next year’s Commonwealth Games.Hubbard, who will compete in the 90kg-plus division on the Gold Coast, will be the first transgender athlete to represent New Zealand at a Commonwealth Games.As Gavin Hubbard, the 39-year-old was a national junior record-holder in the male 105kg class before she transitioned into a woman in her mid-30s.Rival athletes complained that she had an unfair advantage after she won gold at the Australian Open this year, lifting 123 kilos in the snatch and 145 kilos in the clean and jerk.Australian Weightlifting Federation chief executive Michael Keelan on Friday claimed Hubbard would have both a physiological and mental edge over her rivals.“We’re in a power sport which is normally related to masculine tendencies … where you’ve got that aggression, you’ve got the right hormones, then you can lift bigger weights,” he told AAP.READ MORE: unhappy with inclusion of transgender athlete in NZ teamRadio NZ News 24 November 2017The selection of transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard for the Commonwealth Games doesn’t sit well with one of her teammates.Hubbard, 39, is the first transgender sportsperson to represent New Zealand.She was cleared by the International Olympic Committee and International Weightlifting Federation to compete against other female lifters.Hubbard, who will compete in the 90kg class, became the first transgender athlete to win an international weightlifting title for New Zealand in Australia earlier this year but her victory didn’t go down well with rivals who said she had an unfair advantage having previously competed as a man.Earlier in her career she was a national junior record-holder in the male 105kg class before she transitioned in her mid-30s.Tracey Lambrechs, who won a bronze medal at the Glasgow Games, has been forced to drop down a class with the arrival of Hubbard on the women’s weight lifting scene and Lambrechs was also uncomfortable with Hubbard being able to compete.“I feel there is an unfair advantage even though it is within all the regulations… all I can hope is that they look into it and make a more educated judgement,” Lambrechs said.Lambrechs is disappointed the selection of the 12-strong weighlifting team is being overshadowed by the inclusion of Hubbard, but accepts it is an unusual situation.“I am glad that people can come out and live their lives and be happy but when it comes to a professional sporting environment it gets a bit trickier.“[She] is lifting a lot more than what the other women are… so personally I do think there is an unfair advantage.”Lambrechs was also concerned about the impact the international media attention could have on the team at the Games.READ MORE: read more

Ikoyi Club 81st Anniversary Climaxes in Style

first_imgHe said youths could use their camera phones which were  very useful tool to snap pictures and post to appropriate quarters instead of posting fake news on social media.He also advised youths to think of how to be employers of labour instead of depending on the system to provide them job.According to him, he joined Ikoyi Club to meet big men and to discuss business as an upcoming lawyer, stressing that Nigerians should not wait until their leaders die before they celebrate them, they should learn to celebrate their leaders now.On Friday, September 25, there was anniversary turn up and pub night, while Saturday was family fun day which featured children and adult bazaar.On Sunday 29th September was the grand finale. There was award presentations, raffle draw, recognition and presentation of plaques to sponsors, while Faith Band dished out electric tunes.The men turned out in full swagger and ladies in the best of stiletto, there is nothing to stop the exquisite display of Naija Elegante.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Ikoyi Club 1938 81st Anniversary which began with a charity walk on September 21 climaxed on Sunday with the anniversary party to close the weeklong celebration.The anniversary kicked- off on September 23 with press conference and in the evening there was anniversary cocktail party to kick start officially the 81st Anniversary. Tuesday September 24 was the music night with DJ Music. The elders took their turn on September 25 at the event Marquee.They were treated to sumptuous meals with light music from highlife band and oldies DJ and on September 26 was the anniversary lecture by Minister of Works & Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who spoke on the topic, Youth and Leadership in Nation Building. Fasola encouraged the youths to be a part of leadership by actively contributing to issues and not just castigating those in authority.last_img read more