Breaking and making records

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BRATTLEBORO — Three local people older than 65 beat or matched powerlifting records during a competition earlier this month.

"They had a great meet, all three of them," said Carla Grant, personal trainer and owner of Supreme Fitness, where the American Powerlifting Association had its 32nd Annual Can-Am International Championships on

Saturday, May 11.

Rosalind Fritz, 71, of Newfane, benchpressed 75 pounds. The national record was 65 pounds.

Fritz deadlifted 200 pounds. The national record was 200 pounds.

"It was very, very impressive," said Grant.

Fritz competed in the 132-pound weight class and 70- to 74-year-old age division.

Stan Kolpa, 67, of Vernon, created three state records. His squat was 190 pounds. He benchpressed 155 pounds and deadlifted 300 pounds.

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Kolpa "was phenomenal in the deadlift especially," Grant said. "Nobody thought he was going to get it. He stayed with it. He just kept pulling and pulling."

Grant said the weight slowy went up an inch at a time and Kolpa's face turned red.

"The crowd was on its feet," she said. "Everyone was screaming and cheering."

Kolpa competed in the 148-pound weight class and 65- to 69-year-old age division.

Rick Morton, 71, of West Brattleboro, also established state records. His squat was 125 pounds. He benchpressed 125 pounds and deadlifted 260 pounds. He competed in the 165-pound weight class and 70- to 74-year-old age division.

Grant said she is impressed with the results.

"It's certainly showing people there's no age limit to it," she said, "that anybody can do it."

Reach staff writer Chris Mays at cmays@reformer.com, at @CMaysBR on Twitter and 802-254-2311, ext. 273.


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