HUBBARD Laurel

9 Feb 1978
43
Female

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
WLF Weightlifting Women's +87kg DNF

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Tokyo International Forum
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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World Championships
YearLocation+90kg+90kg - Snatch+90kg - Clean & Jerk+87kg - Total+87kg - Snatch+87kg - C&J
2019Pattaya, THA---6th (285)4th (131)8th (154)
2017Anaheim, CA, USA2nd (275)2nd (124)4th (151)---

Oceania Championships
YearLocation+90kg+90kg - Snatch+90kg - Clean & Jerk+87kg - Total+87kg - Snatch+87kg - C&J
2019Apia, SAM---1st (268)1st (125)2nd (143)
2017Gold Coast, QLD, AUS1st (273)1st (127)1st (146)---


Legend
C&J - Clean & Jerk, (---) - no valid result, DSQ - Disqualified
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Athlete
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English
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Her father Dick Hubbard was mayor of Auckland, New Zealand, between 2004 and 2007. (dailymail.co.uk, 08 May 2021)
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An elbow injury forced her to withdraw from the +90kg competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (bbc.co.uk, 09 Apr 2018)

General Interest

General
GENDER TRANSITION
She was assigned male at birth and competed in men's weightlifting categories at national level during her teens and early twenties. At age 23 she quit weightlifting, but returned to the sport after transitioning to become a woman in her mid thirties, and began competing internationally in 2017. "One of the misconceptions that's out there is that I've trained all my life and that transition has happened relatively late in the piece. What people probably don't realise is that I actually stopped lifting in 2001, when I was 23, because it just became too much. But the world has changed, of course, and I feel like I'm now in a place where I can train and compete and cope with all of that - the pressure of a world that wasn't really set up for people like myself." (dailymail.co.uk, 08 May 2021; RNZ YouTube channel, 07 Dec 2017; cnn.com, 23 Mar 2017; au.news.yahoo.com, 20 Mar 2017)

MEDIA FOCUS
She was the subject of increased focus from the media and other competitors when she first started competing as a female. "I'm not going to say it wasn't hard. You would have to be a robot to not be affected by some of that and what people were saying. But I can't control what other people think, what they feel, what they believe and I'm not going to try. It's not my job to tell them what to think, what to feel, or what to believe. All I can do is lift to the best of my ability and then let whatever happens, happen." (nzherald.co.nz, 09 Dec 2017)

Legend
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
DNF:
Did not finish
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