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Billie Lourd Pays Tribute to Late Mother Carrie Fisher on Sixth Anniversary of her Death

  Billie Lourd wrote a tribute post to her late mother Carrie Fisher six years after Carrie’s death. In a Tuesday Instagram post, the Ticket to Paradise star acknowledged the six-year anniversary of her mother Carrie Fisher’s death. Captioning a photo of herself and her late mother together, Billie wrote, “It has been 6 years since my Momby died (feels like 2 but also like 705 at the same time?). And unlike most other years since she’s died, this year, these past two weeks have been some of the most joyful of my life.” Billie and her husband Austen Rydell welcomed their second child, Jackson, on 12 December. They also share two-year-old Kingston. “My mom is not here to meet either of them and isn’t here to experience any of the magic. Sometimes the magical moments can also be the hardest,” the actress shared in her post. “For anyone out there experiencing the reality of grief alongside the magic of life, I see you. You are not alone.” She advised anyone experiencing both “magical” and

Transgender Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard Named Sportswoman Of The Year


 Controversial transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard has been named sportswoman of the year by the University of Otago in New Zealand. 

 

She was awarded this title by the university based in Dunedin on the South Island of New Zealand at the Blues awards on Tuesday. She is the first transgender winner of the award in its 113 year history celebrating sporting greatness. 


Ms Hubbard, 43, became the first openly transgender woman to compete in a solo event at the Olympics when she qualified for the women's 87+ kg weightlifting at the Tokyo Olympic Games earlier this year. 

 

Ms Hubbard said she was 'grateful for all of the support and kindness received from the teaching staff and students at Otago University' in a statement to the Otago Daily Times. 

 

'It is not possible for athletes to complete at the Olympic level without the encouragement and aroha of friends, family and supporters.


'This award belongs to everyone who has been part of my Olympic journey.' 


Ms Hubbard, who transitioned in 2012, qualified for the Olympic Games after the International Olympic Committee changed their rules to allow women to compete if their testosterone levels are below a certain threshold. 

 

She released a statement after qualifying for the Games through the IOC thanking them for their inclusivity.    

 

'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,' she said.

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