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Transgender powerlifter destroys female competition, beats 2nd-place woman by more than 450 pounds
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Transgender powerlifter destroys female competition

A 40-year-old man who believes he is a woman demolished his competition in a women's powerlifting event in western Canada, with some saying the weightlifter set an unofficial women's record in the process.

Anne Andres, 40, won the Canadian Powerlifting Union’s 2023 Western Canadian Championship by lifting a combined score of 1,317 pounds (597.5 kilograms), blowing second-place finisher SuJan Gil out the water after she lifted 854 pounds (387.5 kilograms), according to RT.

Fox News reported that not only does Andres currently hold multiple powerlifting records in the female division, but the new totals at the recent competition set a new Canadian women's national record and an unofficial women's world record.

"This is NOT a legitimate National Record. This is a mediocre lift by a mediocre male who is being allowed to lift," the International Consortium on Female Sport (ICFS) wrote on Twitter.

Andres took the top of the podium alongside women who seemed ecstatic to have taken a massive loss to the biological male, with Andres boasting on social media about his victory and the overall level of acceptance at the competition.

"Today I did some lifting. Not just some lifting. I got to lift with friends from across Canada. Friends who welcome me and love me and want me to be there. Friends who support trying to be the best me. I couldn’t ask for more than that, could I?" Andres wrote.

"Keep in mind I turned 40 a week ago so suddenly being master 1 is kind of hollow. That in mind, I got every masters record and two unofficial world masters records. I don’t care about records. I care about being there with my friends."

Former NCAA athlete and activist Riley Gaines pointed out that this wasn't the first time Andres was at the center of controversy involving female powerlifting.

"Anne Andres (male who identifies and competes as a woman) doesn't understand why female powerlifters are so 'bad' at bench press....well idk Anne, but maybe it's because you have 20 times more testosterone than them. Just a thought...." Gaines wrote in February 2023.

The powerlifter was also met with tough competition in March 2023 when a male powerlifting coach showed up at the same competition as Andres, where seemingly anyone could compete. The coach proceeded to shatter Andres' records.

Avi Silverberg, a former head coach for Team Canada Powerlifting, casually beat Andres' bench press record by nearly 100 pounds right in front of him.

Gaines further commented on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "radical disdain for women" with a scathing review of the event that allowed Andres to rewrite womens' powerlifting record books.

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Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados is a writer focusing on sports, culture, entertainment, gaming, and U.S. politics. The podcaster and former radio-broadcaster also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, which he confirms actually does exist.
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