Transgender man wins Sportswoman of the Year award

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Does this award mean that women aren't even be good at being women?




Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard named sportswoman of the year by uni

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard swooped the sportswoman of the year award earlier this week, given out by the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has been named New Zealand sportswoman of the year by the University of Otago earlier this week.
Hubbard made history in securing prize, after becoming the first transgender athlete to win the award in its 113-year history.
This isn’t the first time the 43-year-old has written herself in the sporting history books this year, as the Auckland athlete became the first openly transgender competitor at the Olympic Games following her appearance in Tokyo this summer.
Despite making Olympic history Hubbard failed to record a single successful lift at the Games, after two failed attempts at 125 kg and one at 120 kg, ending her Olympic journey early on.
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Following a remarkable journey the 43-year-old thanked the staff and students at the University of Otago for all their well wishes and support.
She told 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. This award belongs to everyone who has been part of my Olympic journey.”
University Students’ Association president Michaela Waite-Harvey described Hubbard as a ‘worthy’ winner of the award, adding: “We could think of no-one more worthy of sportswoman of the year than Laurel Hubbard who represented Otago and New Zealand incredibly well at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.’’
New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard made no lift in any of her three attempts at the Olympics
New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard made no lift in any of her three attempts at the Olympics (Image: PA)
Hubbard made history after qualifying for this year’s Games following the International Olympic Committee’s rule change, which allowed women to compete in Tokyo if their testosterone levels were below a certain level.
The 43-year-old had competed in the sport previously for her nation as a 20-year-old male athlete, before completing her gender transition in 2012.
Following her historic Olympic qualification Hubbard released a statement thanking the International Olympic Committee for allowing her to compete.
Laurel Hubbard has picked up the New Zealand sportswoman of the year award
Laurel Hubbard has picked up the New Zealand sportswoman of the year award
She commented: “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.”
Hubbard took a 16-year break from competing professionally in the sport but rose to fame in 2017, as she marked her return to the sport by collecting a silver medal in the 90kg class at the 2017 World Championships in California.
Following her remarkable return, the Aucklander said: “I'm not here to change the world,' she said after the victory. 'I just want to be me and do what I do.”
 

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As a coach with national standing I'm voicing my personal opinion that is not in alignment with my sport of choice or with NCAA guidance. Personally I know some transgender athletes, I respect them as students/athletes, but I do not support biological males, competing in sports, against biological females. My personal observation is that biological males have a physiological advantage over their female competitors.


Caitlyn Jenner: Lia Thomas "One Of Worst Things That Happen To Trans Community"

Trans athlete Lia Thomas is "one of the worst things that happened to the trans community ... because it's such bad publicity," decried Caitlyn Jenner on the "Piers Morgan Uncensored" show.
Two-time Olympic Champion Caitlyn Jenner told Piers Morgan, "I have said from the beginning that I don't want biological boys playing against women and girls in sports. It's just not fair."
Thomas sparked outrage after becoming the first transgender woman to win an NCAA swimming title. There's been a lot of debate about whether Thomas should've even been allowed to participate, considering the swimmer already went through male puberty and then transitioned.
Jenner said the problem resides around the NCAA and the need to keep competitions fair, adding that if biological males who transition after puberty were to continue completing in woman's sports, it would "discourage women from getting into sports ... because, oh my god, I have to compete against a bunch of guys."
The olympian said the NCAA should make qualifying "for a trans athlete a little more difficult," adding the number one thing we need to do is "protect women's sports."
Thomas ranked 462nd among male swimmers to only transition and became the number one woman college swimmer.
Lawmakers have taken notice of Thomas and have tried to introduce bills banning biological male athletes from competing in female school sports. This is currently happening in Kansas, where "The Fairness in Women's Sports Act" was introduced by Republicans earlier this year but was vetoed by Democratic Kansas Governor Laura Kelly. Just this week, lawmakers in the state failed to override the veto.
GOP lawmakers said the bill would create fairness and ensure girls were given equal opportunities for college athletic scholarships.
However, Gov. Kelly said the bill could prove harmful to students and was only by "politicians trying to score political points."
"We all want a fair and safe place for our kids to play and compete," the govenor wrote in a veto message earlier this month.
The failure to override the governor's veto came one day after Republican Kansas Rep. Cheryl Helmer told one of her constituents that she felt very uncomfortable sharing a restroom with state Rep. Stephanie Byers, a Democrat, the only trans person in the Kansas legislature. She called Byers a "huge transgender female."
So what is fair? Going from 462nd to 1st due to a gender switch seems unsportsmanlike. Maybe Jenner is right. New qualifying rules for trans athletes are needed.
 

Melensdad

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There is SOME pushback, basically from some parents and some FORMER athletes. The current athletes are in a very tough position, but a few, typically at the end of their college careers, are speaking up about how it is unfair to female athletes. Very very very younger female athletes are willing to go on record while in High School or early in college out of fear of losing out on scholarships, etc.
 

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For that matter, why not let 20 year-olds compete against middle-schoolers? I mean, as long as the 20 year-old identifies as a middle-schooler…
Right! And let me add, how about adult perverts self-identifying as five year old children? I wonder how many liberals want their kids in schools with those sickos.
 

FrancSevin

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Its good, whats wrong in it if a transgender wins a sportswomen award?
There is a perfect reason the sports are divided into two parts by biological sex in the first place. Perhaps you missed it.
How many women athletes have changed sex to compete with men?
Women and men are not equal in every respect.
 
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