CWG 2018: From Gavin to Laurel, the revolutionary road that Hubbard travelled

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Written by Mihir Vasavda
| Gold Coast |
Published: April 10, 2018 3:58:17 am


Hubbard’s return after sex-change surgery has split the sporting community. (Source: PTI)

For 35 years, Laurel Hubbard lived as a man. Gavin, as she was known, was one of New Zealand’s top weightlifters, shattering heavyweight records as a junior at the national and continental level. In the mid aughts, though, Hubbard vanished from the scene and after spending close to a decade away from the public glare, she resurfaced five years ago— transitioned as a woman, name changed to Laurel.

On Monday, the 40-year-old was to make her first appearance in front of a packed stadium since declaring her sex change. And Hubbard wasn’t sure if she’d be accepted. Described by New Zealand’s high performance director Simon Kent as an ‘introvert’, she has been one…

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