Trans athlete Laurel Hubbard has been selected to compete for NZ in weightlifting at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.
This means she'll become the first openly transgender athlete to compete. About fricken time, don't ya think? She’ll also be the oldest weightlifter ever at 43-years-old, proving that age is not a barrier to the sport.
“I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders,” Hubbard said in a statement about her selection.
“When I broke my arm at the Commonwealth Games three years ago, I was advised that my sporting career had likely reached its end.
“The last eighteen months have shown us all that there is strength in kinship, in community, and in working together towards a common purpose.”
Hubbard meets all of the requirements under the International Olympic Committee’s regulations set out for trans athletes and competitive fairness, and has actually met these criteria since 2015, meaning it's been a long time coming.
The NZ government has also made it clear that they back Hubbard’s inclusion into the Olympics 100%.
Congrats to Laurel Hubbard. We can't wait to see you bring home some gold!