Transgender weightlifter named “Sportswoman of the Year” despite failing on all 3 Olympic lifts

Despite failing on all Olympic lifts, transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was recently named University of Otago’s “sportswoman of the year.”

Per the Otago Daily Times “The Queenstown athlete became the first openly transgender woman to compete at the Olympics when she contested the women’s 87+kg at the Tokyo Games this year. The 43-year-old was eliminated from the event when she failed to make a successful lift in the snatch. Her achievement was recognised with the sportswoman of the year award at University of Otago and OUSA Blues and Golds Awards on Tuesday.”

Hubbard said in response to the award “It is not possible for athletes to complete 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.”

Hubbard was knocked out of the Tokyo Olympics after failing all 3 lift attempts.

Per TMZ “In her first, a 264-pound lift, she could not stand up the weight, sending the bar behind her back. Her second lift, a 275-pound snatch, was ruled a “no lift” by judges. Her third and final lift, another attempt at 275 pounds, was unsuccessful as well … and she was bounced from the event.”