2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games: Laurel Hubbard

  • 21/03/2018
Laurel Hubbard
Laurel Hubbard in action at the world championships. Photo credit: Photosport

Age: 40
Personal bests: Snatch 131kg, clean & jerk 151kg, total 282kg

Hubbard has taken the sport of weightlifting by storm over the past two years, albeit not without a fair share of controversy.

The 40-year-old competed as Gavin Hubbard, before making the transition to become a female in 2012.

She then went on to dominate the women's over-90kg competition at domestic and trans-Tasman level, winning gold at the Oceania and Commonwealth championships last year.

Hubbard capped off her stellar 2017 with two silver medals at the world championships in Anaheim in December to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in emphatic fashion.

She became both the first transgender athlete in New Zealand history to place at an international event, and the first to represent the country at the Commonwealths.

A former executive officer for Weightlifting New Zealand, Hubbard is the daughter of cereal magnate and former Auckland Mayor Dick Hubbard.

Part of a strong weightlifting contingent heading to the Gold Coast, she'll be looking to silence her vocal group of detractors with a medal-winning performance in Australia.

Currently ranked No 1 in her newly-created weight class, Hubbard is a clear favourite to win gold, as she looks to establish herself as a threat for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.