In an Instagram post this weekend, professional disc golfer Thomas Gilbert had a simple remark scrawled over his photo: "I'm gay."
Gilbert, a 22-year-old from Toronto, is the top-ranked disc golfer in Canada, with 23 victories. The game is played similarly to golf, except that instead of dropping a ball into a hole, participants toss a disc into a metal basket. He has been involved in the sport for six years, three of which have been at the highest level.
According to Outsports, the response has been "all positive," as seen by the 14,445 likes and more than 1,200 comments on his Instagram post.
“Over the past year I have come out to my family and close friends and figured it was time to go public since I am the first male athlete at the elite level to do so,” Gilbert said. “I also think it was a very big step for the sport of disc golf.”
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The University of Otago has selected New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard to be sportswoman of the year.
At the Blues awards, she received this honor from the university in Dunedin, New Zealand's South Island.
She is the first transgender person to win the award in its 113-year history of honoring sports excellence.
According to DailyMail, when she qualified for the women's 87+ kg weightlifting category at the Tokyo Olympic Games earlier this year, Hubbard, 43, made history as the first openly transgender woman to compete in a single sport at the Olympics.
“I see the Olympic Games as a global celebration of our hopes, ideals and values and I would like to thank the IOC for its commitment to making sport inclusive and accessible,” Hubbard said.