Kodiak’s Special Olympics athletes displayed their strength at the state summer games that concluded Sunday in Anchorage.
The island’s five-person powerlifting team combined to win 12 gold medals at the games that bring athletes together from all over the state.
Amy Canavan, Christopher Kavanaugh and Brittany Tregarthen all captured gold medals in bench press, squat, dead lift and combination — the combined weight of all three lifts.
Canavan benched 110 pounds, squatted 121 pounds and deadlifted 243 pounds. Kavanaugh lifted 171 pounds in the bench press, 286.5 pounds in the squat and a personal-best 331 pounds in the deadlift. Tregarthen benched 88 pounds, squatted 116 pounds and dead lifted 127 pounds.
Ben Stalhut picked up a silver medal in the dead lift (314 pounds), bronze medals in the squat (209.5) and combination (661.5) and a fourth-place in the bench press (138).
Aharon Dolph earned bronze medals in the bench (154), squat (193), dead lift (220.5) and combination (568).
Kavanaugh emceed Friday night’s opening ceremonies, while after the competition the team visited Special Olympics athlete Julia Wiley, who was hit by a car last week in Kodiak and now recovering at a hospital in Anchorage.
Luis Mendez and Alice Coen coached the team, while Special Olympics Alaska power lifting commissioner Lindsay Knight supervised the meet.
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