A transgender female athlete from Canada broke a national record in women’s powerlifting with a score more than 400 pounds heavier than her next closest opponent. Here’s how people reacted.
Transgender Enters Women’s Category
Anne Andres, a transgender woman, competed in the Western Canadian Championship for female powerlifters.
At 40-years-old, she entered the Female Masters Unequipped category.
Compete Based on Preferred Gender
In Canada, the gender self-identification policy allows athletes to compete based on their preferred gender.
Athletes are not required to submit medical records or other information about hormones or medical transitions.
Andres set a new national women’s record with a final score of just over 1,317 pounds lifted.
Her score was the heaviest weight anyone has ever squatted, deadlifted, and bench pressed.
A Disheartening Win
Canadian powerlifter, April Hutchinson, said the win was “very disheartening.”
She went on to say how Andres broke a record that top female athletes have been chasing for years.
Hard Work for Nothing
Hutchison talked about the hard work and long hours these women put into training, only to be beat out by a transgender female athlete.
Supporters Should Be Ashamed
“Anyone who supports transgender athletes competing in women’s sports should be ashamed,” said Hutchison.
She feels like transgender athletes are trying to “erase women’s sports.”
Records Won’t Be Broken Again
Hutchison said the records set by Andres will never be able to be broken by a biological female.
Hutchison is one of many who are fighting to ban trans women in powerlifting.
She Doesn’t Care About Records
After her record-breaking win, Andres posted on her Instagram account, “I don’t care about records. I care about being there with my friends.”
She Loves Her Friends
Andres went on to talk about her friends who “welcome” her and “love” her.
She said her friends support her trying to be the best she can be.
Women’s Advocate Bashes Transgender
Women’s sports advocate, Riley Gaines, bashed Andres on Twitter saying, “Andres’ record is a mediocre lift by a mediocre male powerlifter.”
Her Tweet was clear in referring to Andres as a male.
Disdain for Women
Gaines also accused the Canadian Powerlifting Union of “discriminating against female athletes” and the prime minister of having a “radical disdain for women.”
Not Her First Controversy
Andres’ record-breaking win wasn’t the first time she’s been under fire on social media. Anne Andres previously shared a video in which she mocked women powerlifters saying their performances on bench press were “so bad.”
One twitter user, @NikLentz, said “Bro had to change sex to compete…and he is ranting about bad form.” He found the venting video from Andres humorous.
Twitter is Outraged
@Scamdamp on Twitter said, “Weak men who can’t compete with their kind transition and are allowed to compete with real women.”
Not everyone was outraged about Andres’ win, though. She received praise from fans on social media as well.
The Twitter account @libsoftiktok posted a video showing Andres stepping up onto the platform in the number one spot calling her “stunning and brave.”
Phil V. posted “This was amazing,” talking about Anne Andres breaking several records at the powerlifting competition.
Bearded “Woman” Powerlifter
Anne Andres isn’t the only trans athlete breaking records in women’s powerlifting categories.
Another pro powerlifter with a beard, Avi Silverberg, entered a competition identifying as a female.
The move by Silverberg was a protest against the Candian Powerlifting Union’s gender self-identification policy.
Wins in a Men’s Uniform
Silverberg was the head coach for Team Canada Powerlifting for over 10 years.
A video shows Silverberg walking up to the platform wearing a regular men’s singlet after beating the current Alberta women’s record by almost 100 pounds.
He Keeps Winning
In the women’s category, Silverberg won eight out of nine competitions that were entered over the last four years.
The Trans Policy
The Canada Powerlifting Union’s trans policy states that an individual “should be able to participate in the gender with which they identify and not be subject to requirements for disclosure of personal information beyond those required of cisgender athletes.”
Athletes Are Upset
The policy has many athletes upset and calling for a change to the rules.
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