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Trans powerlifter smashes women’s world records to transphobes’ chagrin

Trans powerlifter smashes women’s world records to transphobes’ chagrin

Mary Gregory obliterated several world records in powerlifting

A trans weightlifter smashed four world records at a US competition and transphobes aren’t happy about it.

Mary Gregory said on her Instagram that she won ‘nine out of nine’ events at the 100% Raw Weightlifting Federation competition last weekend.

However, several transphobes have weighed down on her accomplishments. Feeding into a growing debate over how trans-inclusive particular sports can be.

What happened?

Last Sunday (28 April) Gregory took to social media to tell the world about her record-breaking day.

Winning across all tournament categories, the athlete broke records in women’s squats, bench press, powerlifting, and deadlift.

‘What a day, 9 for 9! Masters world squat record, open world bench record, masters world dl record, and masters world total record!’ she wrote.


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‘As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone – all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as another female lifter.

‘Thank you!’ she ended. Signing off the post with hashtags such as ‘#TransgenderWomen,’ ‘#TransRightsAreHumanRights,’ and ‘#MoreFemaleStrength.’

‘Unfair playing field’

But former British Olympian swimmer, Sharron Davies, took exception to Gregory’s achievements.

Davies has previously spoken out against transgender competition claiming on Twitter: ‘Any records set by trans woman ( those born males with male biology & advantages) should be removed when all of this confusion & unfairness is sorted out.’

‘This is a trans woman a male body with male physiology setting a world record & winning a woman’s event in America in powerlifting. A woman with female biology cannot compete. It’s a pointless unfair playing field,’ she wrote.

Moreover, British track Olympian Kelly Holmes replied to Davies’ Twitter post. She claimed that she was ‘getting ready for biological women to boycott certain events.’

The row over trans athletes

First it was Martina Navratilova. Then Paula Radcliffe. Today, it is Sharron Davies.

To many a Twitter user or sport pundit, it seems that with each passing day more transphobic voices join a cacophonous debate over trans people in sports.

Moreover, with thousands of competitive sports and tournaments each with their own complex regulations surrounding the fitness and stature of athletes, space for reconciliation seems unclear.

In track and field racing, the highest court in international sport issued a ruling that will mean all female athletes with elevated testosterone will have to take suppressants to compete in certain races.

However, misinformation around medical procedures only fuels the debate. As a result, many trans athletes, such as Rachel McKinnon, have spoken out against transphobes to promote better awareness.

See also 

Former British swimmer comes out against trans athletes in women’s sports

British BBC Baptiste actress said she lost roles because she’s not ‘trans-enough’

Martina Navratilova slams Ukranian tennis player over homophobic remarks