Commonwealth Games: Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard reveals career likely over

  • 10/04/2018

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has indicated the injury suffered at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will probably end her career.

Hubbard, formerly "Gavin" before gender transitioning, was a hot favourite for victory in the women's 90kg-plus division at the Carrara Sports Arena and led the competition after the snatch discipline.

But she bailed out of her first attempt at the clean and jerk, and could not return to push her claims.

"I saw the medical team last night and this morning, and they were absolutely superb," Hubbard told fans at NZ House on Tuesday. "If what I understand is correct, my arm is busted.

"It looks like it is going to be a career-ending injury, but I'm glad I'm going out trying to achieve my best on the platform.

"As the slogan goes, you've got to 'earn the fern' - you can't just mail it in. Thank you very much for your support."

During her brief career as a female competitor, she won a silver medal in the world weightlifting championships at Anahaeim last year, but attracted a mixed reception from the sport's community.