Kate Witkowski

Pro Competitor Profile

Name: Kate Witkowski
Height: 5'8''
Location: Hayward, WI
Birthday: Februrary 3, 1988
Job: Outdoor Educator 
Interests: Fresh air, a new view, familiar faces, challenges, learning, and growing

How long have you competed in lumberjack sports? 
Since 2011 

How did you get involved in lumberjack sports and when did you start competing?
I started competing in college at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. The first time I swung a racing axe, I was hooked. From there, I lucked out and began training with some of the best lumberjacks in the world. I had always been an athlete, but when I found lumberjack sports, it felt like the pieces clicked. Finally, I was successful not in spite of being bigger and stronger than most other girls, but because of it. I was drawn to the sport because every event requires a combination of strength, intellect, and finesse I hadn’t seen before. - and it’s why I am still drawn to the sport - every piece of wood is different, and each time you compete, it’s like working your way through a complex problem that unfolds in seconds as you push your body to its limits...it’s pretty addicting. 

How do you train for STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®?
Because I live in northern Wisconsin and don’t have an indoor training facility, my training varies quite a bit throughout the year. In the winter, I mainly focus on maintaining strength and stability by rowing, doing yoga, and cross-training. In the spring, summer, and fall, I put as much time as I can into event training. It’s really difficult, if not impossible, to replicate what we do in competition unless you are event training (there is no ‘singlebuck’ machine at the gym), so the more blocks I can cut, the better. I’ve recently started being able to travel to train a bit more - it has been really helpful to train with a variety of athletes from around the country to get tons of different advice and as many different perspectives as possible.  

What’s your best/strongest STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® discipline? 
I am most consistent in the underhand chop. It was the event that got me hooked. Recently though, thanks to some focused training and new gear, my singlebuck event has been improving quite a bit, so that’s been pretty fun. 

What advice would you give to young female athletes interested in competing in the sport?
Take advice when it’s given, ask for advice when you need it, and be gracious - but don’t get in the habit of depending on someone else for your success. Be ready to jump on any little opportunity that comes your way. And be ready to make it a priority.