Canadian transgender powerlifter could be banned after crushing competition

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    Canadian transgender powerlifter could be banned after crushing competition

    Anne Andres, a transgender female, crush her competition by more than 200 kilos in total at the 2023 Western Canadian Championship.

    WTF?

    Andres’ total score was 597.5 kilos while second-place finisher SuJan Gill mustered 387.5 kilos.

    To put that inter perspective, that is 1317.262 pounds for first place, 854.29127 pounds for second place.

    That is winning by 462.971 pounds!

    Fellow powerlifter April Hutchinson has been a vocal opponent of Andres. She has been highly critical of not only the Canadian’s ability to compete, but also about her attitude towards female competitors.

    “It’s bodies that are playing sports, not identities. I don’t care about everything else but when it comes down to sports, it’s about bodies and biology and science, and strength, especially with powerlifting,” Hutchinson told the Daily Mail.

    Completely agree!

    “There was no policy. Anyone could walk up. A man could walk in tomorrow, identify ‘as a girl,’ and then just powerlift and then go back to being a man. No testosterone monitoring.”

    And that is exactly what happened earlier when:

    A bearded pro powerlifter entered a women’s competition in Canada — and smashed a record held by a trans lifter who was watching. Avi Silverberg, the head coach for Team Canada Powerlifting for more than 10 years, entered Saturday’s (March’23) Heroes Classic tournament in Lethbridge, Alberta, after identifying as a female.

    What happened there?

    ….athlete activist group the Independent Council on Women’s Sports (ICONS) shows him walking up to the platform still fully bearded and wearing a regular men’s singlet.

    He then casually bench-pressed nearly 167kg — beating the current Alberta women’s record by almost 45kg.

    The current record — 124kg pounds — is held by trans athlete Anne Andres, who was seen watching Silverberg while volunteering at the event.

    Andres also holds the Alberta women’s record for the dead lift, at 245kg.

    Trans Andres was the record holder then too.

    This insanity of allowing men and mans (as trans) being allow to destroy the accomplishments and records and spots from females must stop and be revoked, IMO.

    And not just using an *asterisk in the records books (like in the MLB to denote the steroid era).

    Oh, we don’t want to use an *asterisk in female sports for then that will hurt the feelings of the trans-men that their feats over woman who were female their whole lives is somehow tainted by the fact they were men (claiming to be female/trans-) who did it.

    And to repeat what April Hutchinson stated;

    “It’s bodies that are playing sports, not identities. I don’t care about everything else but when it comes down to sports, it’s about bodies and biology and science, and strength, especially with powerlifting,”

    Identities are social constructs, while bodies and biology and science, and strength are REAL.

    There are reasons while we have separate categories for males/men and females/woman.  Something too many refuse to accept.

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