It’s official: for the very first time, a transgender athlete has qualified for an Olympic team. New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was selected for the national team on Monday and will compete in the “super heavy” category of the sport.
Born biologically male and originally named Gavin, Hubbard transitioned in 2012 after competing as a male in junior matches. Hubbard’s first competition after the transition, in 2017, was a blowout. The local New Zealand Herald reported at the time that “Hubbard, 39, won the[198-lbs.] division at the Melbourne event, setting four unofficial national records in the process. Hubbard has raised a combined total of [591 lbs.] – [42 lbs.] better than silver medalist Iuniarra Sipaia from Samoa.
It is no coincidence that the first transgender athlete to be part of an Olympic team is a biologically male weightlifter, currently competing in the women’s division. If you were a gamer or a gamer they’re interchangeable, after all – you’d bet the transgender athlete pioneering Olympic sport would not be a biological born male in gymnastics, nor a biological female in a men’s weightlifting division.
You would make these assumptions, because in all likelihood, a trans athlete entering a particular sport would be able to do so due to a distinct biological advantage over their competition.
This is the case with Hubbard which, although it is within the maximum limit of testosterone deemed acceptable by the International Olympic Committee, has an indisputable advantage over the competition. And this competition, understandably, isn’t too happy to be forced to face Hubbard in the lifelong pursuit of Olympic gold.
On Hubbard’s qualifications for the New Zealand team, CNN reports: âBelgian weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen told an Olympic news site that the situation was ‘unfair’ and ‘like a bad joke’. ”
For left-wing and gender ideologues obsessed with “progress” and “fairness,” Hubbard being allowed to compete with biological women is a resounding victory. Kereyn Smith, CEO of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, defended the decision, explaining: âIn addition to being among the best in the world for her event, Laurel has met IWF eligibility criteria, including those based on the IOC Consensus Statement Guidelines for Transgender Athletes. We recognize that gender identity in sport is a very sensitive and complex issue requiring a balance between human rights and fairness on the playing field. â
Smith is correct that in addition to being the first transgender Olympian, Hubbard is one of the best weightlifters in the world in the Hubbard Division. This, despite being the oldest qualified weightlifter at 43, and despite recovering from what many thought was an injury that ended his Commonwealth Games career three years ago.
But Hubbard was able to qualify despite these hurdles because of a clear and undeniable superiority offered by something else: namely, male muscle mass and stamina. The left, which claims to defend science with a capital “s”, should know.
As anyone with even a fleeting knowledge of genetics and anatomy understands, virility is not determined simply by the levels of testosterone circulating in the blood at the time of the test – the metric the IOC has determined to be just to allow trans athletes to compete. There are other biological elements that distinguish biological men from women.
By discovering human remains, scientists are able to determine whether one is male or female, even with just a few study samples. These determinations, made by people with expertise ranging from archeology to forensics, can be made in several ways; via anatomy or genetics.
Men and women are undeniably constructed differently. In his statement on Hubbard, Smith also explained, âAs a New Zealand team, we have a strong culture of . . . inclusion and respect for all. But the question arises: where is this sense of respect for women who have trained for this moment all their lives, only to find themselves facing an opponent they have little hope of defeating? Where was that inclusion obligation for the New Zealand weightlifter who didn’t make the team because Hubbard took his place instead?
Progress shouldn’t mean stripping women of their hard-earned right to compete on the Olympic stage, nor should it mean denying science. But that’s what’s considered fairness in 2021.