Stand With April victory! Powerlifter April Hutchinson's suspension reduced by half on appeal

Although her suspension wasn't fully lifted, April was able to score a victory for women's sports after powerlifting's international governing body pressured the Canadian powerlifting body to bar biological males from identifying as female to compete against women.

Stand With April victory! Powerlifter April Hutchinson's suspension reduced by half on appeal
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Team Canada women's powerlifter April Hutchinson was initially hammered with a two-year suspension by the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) after criticizing a male-born trans-identified powerlifter who competes as a woman.

April was accused of harassment and "misgendering" after taking to social media to complain that a biological male, who goes by Anne Andres, had been allowed to compete against female competitors.

Andres openly mocked the women he beat on his own social media accounts.

Rebel News assisted in offsetting the costs of the legal review of April's suspension through crowdfunded efforts at

"Advocating for women’s sex-based rights and protections is about fairness and equality, not harassment," argued Hutchinson in her written appeal. "If women cannot state biological reality without being accused of harassment, then women cannot protest against the sex-based discrimination occurring against us. We are effectively silenced."

According to a Friday afternoon press release from April's lawyer, Lisa Bildy of Libertas Law, the single arbitrator tasked with reviewing the decision concluded that the CPU’s decision to discipline Hutchinson was reasonable, based on its broad definition of harassment in its Code of Conduct and Ethics.

However, since the CPU’s decision was “procedurally imperfect”, he ruled that Hutchinson’s suspension should be reduced from two years to one.

April, meanwhile, has changed the sport for the better, making it more fair for women.

The International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) pressured the CPU to comply with its stricter requirements, which it did in November. Now, a male athlete can no longer simply "identify" as a woman and immediately compete.

"I am grateful to the IPF for implementing a stricter policy," said Hutchinson. "I've had nothing but a great relationship with the president. He's been wonderful to work with. This accomplishment means more to me than any gold medal. And I have found my calling which is advocacy for fair sport for women."

Unfortunately for April, there is no further appeal process available.

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