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Chelsea Pietrzykowski,USA Weightlifting Coach

Chelsea’s athletic adventures began in her high school years, starting her competitive career out playing volleyball year round, both for Canandaigua Academy as well as Volley FX, a travel team based out of Rochester, NY. Once her four years were up, she went on to compete at the collegiate level for Buffalo State (BSU) for two years, and participated in the NCAA Tournament before transferring to Alfred University (AU) to pursue a degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. While at Alfred, she finished her collegiate athletic career all while continuing her studies with internships with the Rochester Rhinos, the Rochester Rattlers and a position working with the Geneseo Ice Knights Hockey Team. With two years left of her education without the eligibility to continue to compete in team sports, Chelsea turned to the barbell and Olympic Lifting.

It wasn’t until the summer of 2017 that she decided to compete. Shortly thereafter, Chelsea joined McKenna’s Gym, a weightlifting club based out of Stewartstown PA, and began to compete in both local and National Competitions that took her anywhere from Ogden, Utah to Brooklyn, New York in both the 71 and 76kg weight classes.

Post graduation, Chelsea moved back home and began coaching in the summer of 2018 while training to compete in Senior Nationals, and volunteering her time at Canandaigua Emergency Squad. It didn’t take long before she was enrolled in classes to become a certified EMT.  In February of 2019, Chelsea began a full time EMT position working nights in Canandaigua while training for further competitions. In March of 2019, Chelsea won her first National medals and left Las Vegas as the Silver Medalist in the U25 National 71kg category, and went on to compete at Senior Nationals in Memphis, Tennessee, where she placed 14th in the 76kg category.  Chelsea continues to train outside of her full time job in order to prepare for upcoming competitions, and joined the East Ave. Barbell coaching staff in July of 2019.