It is common for many men, especially once they’ve reached the age when their hairlines are receding and their waistlines are expanding, to watch athletes 20 years or so younger who are making roughly 200 times more money than them for doing a job that looks 1000 times more fun than theirs, to think to themselves, “If only…”
Usually the “If only…” is along the lines of “if only I had played sports earlier” or “if only I was 10 inches taller,” but perhaps there are some men who are watching sports today and wishing “if only I had identified as a woman.”
Imagine the success a decent male athlete in a wig could have against even the best female athletes in the WNBA, track, tennis, and other sports.
Take for example the success of transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard, at Australian International.
Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has dominated her first major competition, taking out the Australian International in Melbourne on a night she made history as the first transgender athlete to represent New Zealand.
Hubbard, 39, won the women’s over 90kg division at the Melbourne event, setting four unofficial national records in the process. Hubbard lifted a combined total of 268kg – 19kg better than silver medallist Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa.
Deborah Acason, a female weightlifter, expressed the concerns of many of Hubbard’s competitors, as reported by The Daily Caller: “We all deserve to be on an even playing field. It’s difficult when you believe that you’re not. If it’s not even, why are we doing the sport?”
Laurel Hubbard is not the first transgender athlete to dominate a female field. One of the most famous (and controversial) examples is Fallon Fox, who is a trans woman and mixed martial arts fighter who once broke the orbital bone of an opponent and gave her a concussion.