Tracey Lambrechs, un levantador de pesas y olímpico de Nueva Zelanda recientemente retirado en 2016, anteriormente tenía varios récords nacionales de levantamiento de pesas hasta que Hubbard comenzó a competir.
Ella dijo en una entrevista en “zorro & Amigos” that she received a call from her coach telling her that all of her records had been broken over a weekend.
“I was like ‘What do you mean? There’s no one that’s close to me,"” ella dijo, as she recalled the news of losing her top ranking. “Laurel started weightlifting, and she competed on the weekend. So as of now, you’re number two.”
Lambrechs was then forced out of her weight class for competitions because each nation is only allowed to send one athlete per class to compete.
“I was told by the national weightlifting body that I either needed to drop a weight category or look at retiring.”
Como resultado, Lambrechs lost 18 kilogramos, or nearly 40 libras, in three months in order to qualify for a lower weight class.
“I just did what I had to do to accomplish my goal of competing at my third Commonwealth Games. It meant a lot to me to show the Commonwealth that I wasn’t knocked out that easily.”
Lambrechs has since retired from weightlifting, saying she was upset with the way she was treated as an athlete and had enough after her last competition.
She emphasized the importance of maintaining separate male and female categories in strength competitions.
“I look at a lot of young athletes around us. Existen 14, 15-year-old boys lifting what our females lift.”
She warned the entrance of transgender athletes into competitions will have a larger impact on women’s sports.
“It’s honestly going to knock women out of sport. Women are not going to want to participate in something where there isn’t opportunity for them to win medals or go to international competition,” ella dijo.