Laurel Hubbard: The reluctant history-maker on the centre of sport’s transgender debate

Laurel Hubbard


Laurel Hubbard said this week: “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.”

“I’m not here to change the world,” said Laurel Hubbard in 2017, the year she first competed as a female weightlifter.

“I just want to be me and do what I do,” she told a reporter in her native New Zealand, after returning home with two silver medals from the World Championships.

Two years later, her victory in the +87kg category at the Pacific Gamesexternal-link in Samoa provoked accusations of unfairness – due to the fact she had lived as a man for the first three decades of her life before transitioning in 2012, coming out as a transgender woman aged 33, then resuming her sports career.

Since her victoriesexternal-link in Anaheim four years ago, Hubbard has rarely spoken to the media – choosing to remove herself from the whirlwind gathering around her and the entire, often…