Radio Host Slams Laurel Hubbard’s Sportswoman Of The Year Award

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Radio host Ben Fordham has slammed the decision to name transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Sportswoman of the Year

The Australian believes the first openly trans woman to compete in the Olympics, from New Zealand, shouldn’t have been awarded the title and has argued political correctness has ‘gone too far’. 

He said: “They think they’re being inclusive, but they’re making life harder for women. 

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A radio host has slammed the trans weightlifter being awarded the title ‘Sportswoman of the year.’ Credit: World Weightlifting via YouTube

“Please, make this stop. When the Sportswoman of the Year is born a man, political correctness has gone a mile too far.

“If we keep on listening to the woke brigade there won’t be a need for women’s sport. 

“It comes down to biology, men are usually – not always – stronger than women.”

Hubbard made history as the first-ever trans woman to compete at the Olympics.

However, the 43-year-old bowed out of the Tokyo 2020 Games in the early rounds after she failed to record a snatch lift.

Hubbard was awarded the title by the University of Otago in New Zealand. 

In response to receiving the reward, the weightlifter said she was ‘grateful for all the support and kindess’ she received from staff and students at the university. 

She told the Otago Daily Times: “It is not possible for athletes to compete at the Olympic level without the encouragement and Aroha of friends, family and supporters.

“This award belongs to everyone who has been part of my Olympic journey.”

The president of Otago University Students’ Association, Michaela Waite-Harvey, said the Blues Awards aims to highlight Otago students excelling in their chosen sporting field.

She stated: ”We could think of no one more worthy of Sportswoman of the Year than Laurel Hubbard who represented Otago and New Zealand incredibly well at this year’s Tokyo Olympics.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.