Mary Gregory is a transgender athlete who recently took over the powerlifting competition by shattering four women’s world records in the category.
In a recent Instagram post, Gregory wrote “What a day, 9 for 9! Masters world squat record, open world bench record, masters world dl record, and masters world total record!”
Gregory stressed that the competition’s staff was a key factor in making her feel accepted as a transgender athlete. She further expressed her gratitude in the same Instagram post.
“A huge thank you to @raw_powerlifting_federation_, from the bottom of my heart! 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 just another female lifter- thank you” wrote Gregory in the Instagram post.
However, Gregory has faced extensive criticism concerning her participation as a female weightlifter due to the consequences of her transgender identity. Following her recent victory, some athletes have been especially critical on Twitter.
Famous swimming champion Sharron Davies tweeted “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.”
Davies’s central claim is that transgender athletes shouldn’t compete against women. According to Davies and like-minded critics, it would be better for transgender athletes to compete in their own class or in the case of Mary Gregory, against men exclusively.