Avi Silverberg Wiki – Avi Silverberg Biography
Avi Silverberg, a bearded professional weightlifter, entered a women’s competition in Canada and broke the record for a trans-lifter I was watching.
Avi Silverberg, the head coach of Team Canada Powerlifting for more than 10 years, entered Saturday’s Heroes Classic tournament in Lethbridge, Alberta, after identifying as female. The video shared by the activist group of athletes, the Independent Council for Women’s Sports (ICONS), shows him walking towards the platform with all the beard of hers and wearing a normal men’s T-shirt. Next, she casually lifted nearly 370 pounds, surpassing the current Alberta women’s record by nearly 100 pounds. The current record, 275 pounds, is held by trans athlete Anne Andres, who was seen watching Silverberg as she volunteered at the event. Andrés also holds the Alberta women’s record for the deadlift, at 544 pounds, giving her the local record for the total of all three lifts, lifting a total of 1,245 pounds. The trans lifter has won eight of the nine contests entered in the women’s category in the past four years, ICONS said.
As Silverberg broke her record, Andres stood on the edge of the platform area, only going back up after the male lifter moved away from her. ICONS said Silverberg “sneered at the [Canadian Powerlifting Union’s] discriminatory policy” that allows competitors to register for events under their “gender identity and expression, rather than their sex or gender,” promising “no consequences” for doing so. The CPU’s trans policy states that an individual “should be able to participate in the gender with which she identifies and not be subject to any personal information disclosure requirements beyond those required for cisgender athletes.” It also states: “There should also be no requirement for hormone therapy or surgery.”
Avi Silverberg’s age is not mentioned.
Male weightlifter enters women’s event and breaks record
Meanwhile, the union’s competition registration policy states that “government-issued photo identification (excluding youth weightlifters) must be verified during weigh-in or equipment verification, including date of birth, province and gender in all competitions”. It’s not clear if Silverberg presented a government-issued ID identifying him as a female or if he was required to do so. Either way, according to ICONS, “what Avi points out so obviously is that policies that allow men access to women’s sports completely remove any integrity in women’s competitions.”
“It doesn’t matter how Avi expresses or perceives himself. He doesn’t belong in women’s sports, and neither does any other man, regardless of his motivation for wanting to participate.” Silverberg, who is also an online trainer and weightlifting columnist, hasn’t directly addressed the competition.
However, Andrés posted a series of long video responses calling him “cowardly and bigoted” with “malicious intent”. Still, in one clip, he openly admitted that “maybe my share isn’t necessarily fair, you know, there’s science, whatever.” However, in another follow-up, he said it wasn’t his problem because he “transitioned almost 20 years ago.” I had surgery. I can prove without any doubt that I have gone through every step, which means that whichever governing body decides to make decisions, I will pass that test.” I actually care about women in sports because I AM a woman in sport,” he wrote alongside a video. Bodybuilding influencer Greg Doucette was among those who highlighted the episode, noting how ridiculous it was for a man to compete so easily in a supposedly drug-free event despite having much higher testosterone. I think this proves a point. If a guy can show up and then set the… record, doesn’t that prove it’s not fair? So how long will it be before the powers that be suddenly wake up, smell the coffee and understand that if you are born a woman you will not be as powerful, as strong… as if you were born a man? I’m stating facts,” Doucette said of the “unfair advantage,” comparing it to the advantage a woman would have if she were to perform in a drag show against men. For me, the answer is simple: we added a separate category, a new category, the trans category,” he said, saying it’s especially important for combat sports where female competitors could be injured.