7 Sep 2018

Weightlifting: Hubbard set to return to competition

1:52 pm on 7 September 2018

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will return to competition later this month, after fears her career was over when injury forced her out of the Commonwealth Games competition.

Hubbard, who is a world championship silver medallist, will headline the national champs competition with Gold Coast Games gold medallist David Liti in Auckland later this month.

Hubbard was a favourite to win gold on the Gold Coast but suffered a serious arm injury while competing, with fears it could end her career.

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard.
Weightlifting, Women's +90kg 2018. Carrara Sports Hall. Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia. Monday 9 April 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz

Photo: © Copyright Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz Photosport Ltd 2018

New Zealand weightlifting high performance director Simon Kent said Hubbard's return to competition was a testament to the work she put in following the injury.

However he's was unsure if she'd make the World Championships in November.

"We'll get through nationals and then depending on how she goes there we'll talk about the World Championships this year," Kent said.

"It really will depend on whether she hits the elite grade to qualify for that and where's she's at with her return to competitive lifting."

Kent said Hubbard was already lifting at the elite level again but needed to do it at the nationals to qualify for the World Championships.

Also competing at the nationals will be fellow Games athletes Alethea Boon, Bailey Rogers, Cameron McTaggart and Vester Villalon.

A record 129 local and international athletes have registered for the event, which will be held at Auckland's Kolmar Centre in Papatoetoe on September 21-23.