Throwing around her weights: East Cocalico cop is strongest woman in world heroes competition

By on July 15, 2015

 

East Cocalico Township Police Officer Gail Sizer, one of some 12,000 first responder athletes in the bi-annual 2015 World Police and Fire Games – The Games of Heroes, won a first-place, gold medal for her bench press of 200.6 pounds.

This is a world record and also personal best for Sizer who has competed in five games, the latest in June in northern Virginia.

Photo courtesy John Sizer East Cocalico Police Officer Gail Sizer at the 2015 World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax, Va., after winning a first-place gold medal for bench press with 200.6 pounds. This set a new world record and was also Sizer's personal best.

Photo courtesy John Sizer
East Cocalico Police Officer Gail Sizer at the 2015 World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax, Va., after winning a first-place gold medal for bench press with 200.6 pounds. This set a new world record and was also Sizer’s personal best.

“These games are better attended by spectator crowds and participating athletes than the Olympics,” said Sizer. Medal awards are ranked like the Olympics – gold, silver, and bronze.”

“This game was one and one-half years of preparation,” Sizer explained. “It was not easy and the hard work paid off.”

Chad Stauffer, co-owner of Ephrata Cross Fit, came up with her training plan, and she trained with Tyler Trett, as well as Stauffer. Sizer would also lift weights at the Ephrata Recreation Center.

Speaking about competing in the games, Sizer said, “This is probably the best game in which I’ve participated. I knew a lot of the people there and got to guide and coach a U. S. Team of Lifters.

“One goal of the games is to promote physical fitness among police and firefighters,” said Sizer. “We are the world’s primary defenders of life and property.”

Fellowship among the contestants impressed her.

“The camaderie of the games is amazing,” Sizer added. “There are people from countries that probably normally don’t get along as countries and yet issues are put on the back burner and the bigger picture of the games is addressed….something like I’d hope West Cocalico and East Cocalico officials can do for the bigger picture of police protection.”

A Pennsylvania State University graduate, Sizer is a 21-year officer with East Cocalico Police Department. She’s also a member of the Lancaster County SERT Crisis Negotiator Team.

“Serving on the SERT Team is very rewarding,” Sizer said. “As police officers we see people at their worst and the whole SERT Team helps get them back to what’s better for them.”

In addition to all of her other talents and accolades, Sizer is a sharp shooter. From November through April she shoots competitively with the Red Rose Pistol Team.

“I enjoy it,” she said.

What’s next for Sizer?

“I’m grateful for the support of the department and community over the years,” she said. “All of the staff and other police officers have been positive about my goals. I’ll continue my fitness regimen…maybe back it down a bit since there’s nothing left to prove.”

The 2017 World Games of Heroes will be July 28-Aug. 6 in Montreal, Canada. China will host the games in 2019.

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