Stephanie Kitzman, a native of Monticello and now a police officer in Buffalo, won several medals in the recent Can-Am Games in St. Cloud.
Kitzman won medals in women’s powerlifting, setting a new state record in the deadlift. She won four gold medals in trapshooting.
The Can-Am (Canada-America) Police-Fire Games is a multi-sport event for police officers, firefighters and EMTs from throughout American and Canada. More than 800 participants competed in archery, biathlon, judo, shooting, running and volleyball, to name a few. Officers and firefighters came from as far away as Miami and included Canadian Mounties and forest crews from mountain states and provinces.
Kitzman has competed in trapshooting since she was 13, but just started powerlifting earlier this year. Her medal in the Can-Am games came in the deadlift, setting a state record. The event was sanctioned by the U.S. Powerlifting Association. She also participated in the “Duluth Raw” event in May, where she won the gold medal. She competed in the three different categories: Squat, bench and deadlift.
She was inspired to participate by her father, Kevin Kitzman of Monticello, who competed in Duluth in the master division in powerlifting. He had competed earlier in his life, but decided to renew his involvement. He took fifth in the Duluth competition.
“I thought it would be something fun we could do together,” Kitzman said.
She said she has always enjoyed trapshooting, but it is expensive and demanding. That has motivated her to try her hand at powerlifting. Competing in the 114.5 lb. category, Kitzman benchpressed 127.6 lbs., and deadlifted 264.5 lbs.