Sporting year 2021 in review: New Zealand’s best female athlete – GOAT in a boat


Hubbard’s selection as the first transgender weightlifter to compete in the Olympics drew both praise and negative reaction – the negative side unfortunately making most of the headlines.

But once Tokyo arrived, no athlete handled the pressure of the sport’s biggest scene so gracefully. Hubbard withdrew from the +87kg women’s category after three unsuccessful snatch attempts, quickly brushing aside any notion that her transition to a female was an unfair advantage over her other competitors.

Additionally, Hubbard faced the media soon after he left and reiterated the importance of hope.

“If there is one thing I would like to convey, this is it – life is difficult. There are disappointments, I know I have them today, like all of us, but if you continue to persevere, it gets better. “

That’s a lesson we could all take away from the past two pretty ordinary years – it’s getting better.

Brad Lewis, Newshub Online Sports Producer

Améliaranne Ekenasio, Amélia Kerr & Sophie Devine

The real answer is Lisa Carrington, but I dare to be different and, at a time when the mental health and safety of our athletes is so important, I pay tribute to three very brave women.

Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Amelia Kerr and Sophie Devine all took the time to look after themselves, and they deserve it. Two – Ekenasio and Devine – are national team captains, and the public doesn’t understand all the responsibilities and pressure that come with that role.

Often times the media is willing to throw a player or two under the bus without realizing the consequences – we’re all guilty of it – and despite the players insisting on not reading the press, they do.

Kudos to these three powerful women for having the courage to realize that there are bigger and more important aspects of life to worry about than elite sport. They are to be commended and used as examples for any athlete, man or woman, who needs help.

It is certainly OK to ask.


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