History-maker Hubbard says not a transgender role model, but an athlete
The first openly transgender Oly mpian said on Tuesday she would likely retire from weightlifting and felt her landmark appearance at the Tokyo Games should not be historic and would be forgotten fast as sport becomes more open and inclusive.
"I don't think it should be historic," Hubbard said of her participation in Tokyo, which has been one of the most contentious issues in the lead-up to the Olympics.Slideshow: Best of August 31/33Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Basketball - Men - Quarterfinal - Slovenia v Germany - Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan - August 3, 2021. Germany players in a huddle before the match REUTERS/Brian Snyder - SP1EH8301UU5G
Read More"As we move into a new and more understanding world, people are starting to realise that people like me are just people. We are human and as such I hope that just by being here is enough.""All I have ever wanted as an athlete, is to be regarded as an athlete," Hubbard added.
The soft-spoken, media-shy Hubbard made un unexpected early exit on Monday, eliminated just 10 minutes into her +87 kg contest after failures in her opening three lifts.read moreShe was born male and transitioned eight years ago, and was allowed to compete in women's events by a 2015 International Olympic Committee consensus. headtopics.com
But her participation in the Games has stoked a huge debate on whether being more inclusive towards transgender athletes competing in women's events means disadvantaging athletes who were born as women.read moreHubbard, who was twice the age of the other competitors in her weight class, said it was time to consider retiring because age had caught up with her and the physical challenge of training and competing had become too demanding.
"What I hope is, if I am in a position to look back that this will just be a small part of history just a small step," Hubbard said in an interview with international media, her first since being selected for the New Zealand team."I really hope that with time, any significance to this occasion is diminished by things to come."
Asked if she was a role model for trans people Hubbard responded "no, not really"."The transgender community has more difference than it has in common because everyone is so individual, living such different lives in such different circumstances," she said.
"I'm not sure that a role model is, is something that I could aspire to be."Instead I hope that just by being here, I can provide some sense of encouragement."And I just hope that different people who are undergoing any difficulty or struggle with their lives... that they can perhaps see that there are opportunities in the world. There are opportunities to live authentically, and as we are." headtopics.com
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