Controversial transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard is named sportswoman of the year

Controversial transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard is named sportswoman of the year



Controversial transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard has been named sportswoman of the year by the University of Otago in New Zealand.



She was awarded this title by the university based in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand at the Blues awards on Tuesday. She is the first transgender winner of the award in its 113 year history celebrating sporting greatness.



Ms Hubbard, 43, became the first openly transgender woman to compete in a solo event at the Olympics when she qualified for the women's 87+ kg weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympic Games earlier this year.



Ms Hubbard said she was 'grateful for all of the support and kindness received from the teaching staff and students at Otago University' in a statement to the Otago Daily Times.


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