Riley Gaines, an advocate for women’s sports, called out Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after a trans woman set an unofficial national world record in powerlifting on Sunday.
Anne Andres, a 40-year-old biological male who identifies as female who currently holds multiple powerlifting records in the women’s division, was competing at the 2023 Canadian Powerlifting Union Western Canadian Championships in the masters category on Sunday. female unequipped when it exploded. his opponents.
Her total weight lifted in squat, bench and deadlift gave a final score of 597.5 kilograms, more than 200 kilograms more than her closest opponent, SuJan Gill, who finished at 387.5 kilograms.
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With this total, Andres set a new Canadian women’s national championship record, while it was also an unofficial women’s world record.
In response, Gaines took to social media to blast Trudeau’s policies that allow the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) to have a Trans Inclusion gender self-identification policy, announced earlier this year, which allows men to participate in women’s competitions on the basis of gender only.
“Andres’ record is a poor lift by a poor male lifter because the Canadian powerlifting union discriminates against female athletes,” Gaines said, referring to Andres as a man, while captioning his post X saying the “Trudeau’s radical disdain for women (and reality)” was “in effect”.
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Gaines also shared a video of Andres talking about women’s powerlifting, where she tears up her competition’s ability to bench.
“Why is the women’s bench so bad? I mean, not compared to me,” Andres began. “We all know I’m a trans freak, so that doesn’t count. And no, we’re not talking about Mackenzie Lee. She’s got little T-Rex arms, and she’s about 400 pounds of chest muscle apparently. I mean, standard bench in women’s powerlifting competition I literally don’t understand why it’s so bad.
“Let’s reform this: the women’s bench can be bad for you because you’re a male who went through male puberty with a male amount of testosterone,” Gaines said, referring to Andres. “Being a woman or a female athlete doesn’t mean we’re inferior or incapable of doing amazing things, but it does mean we’re different from men.
“That’s exactly why the women’s athletic category was even created. And we deserve to be recognized and celebrated based on those physical ceilings and our own uniqueness.”
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April Hutchinson, a Canadian competitive weightlifter, also spoke out after Andres’ record performance.
“It’s been very disheartening,” she said on Piers Morgan Uncensored. “For example, this national record that he broke – athletes have been chasing that for years. And we’re talking about top athletes who have trained, trained and trained. It shows the benefits, the benefits physiological factors that a man has on a woman, whether it’s muscle mass, bone density, lung capacity, I could go on.
“A lot of women dropped out of the competition yesterday because they knew Anne was going to lift. They dropped out, they quit, they wrote to the federation, and the federation did next to nothing about it.”
Andres posted on his Instagram after winning the contest.
“Today I did weightlifting. Not just weightlifting. I was able to lift weights with friends from across Canada. Friends who welcome me, love me and want me to be there,” she captioned her post. “Friends who support trying to be the best of me. Couldn’t ask for more than that, could I?”
“Keep in mind I turned 40 a week ago, so suddenly being master 1 is a bit hollow. With that in mind, I got all masters records and two world masters records unofficial, I don’t care about records. I care about being there with my friends.”
In March, Andres made national headlines after men’s powerlifting coach Avi Silverberg, who worked with Team Canada, entered a competition to protest transgender policies established by the CPU.
He identified as female and broke the 84 kilogram plus category whose record holder is Andres. She was on hand to watch Silverberg break the bench press record at the Heroes Classic.
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“Based on this context and the available evidence, the expert working group felt that trans athletes should be able to compete in the gender with which they identify, whether or not they have undergone hormone therapy,” said the trans inclusion policy, which was officially released in February, said.