Powerlifting at its core is a personal test of physical and mental strength. In Special Olympics powerlifting competitions, powerlifters are placed into groups based on ability level, age, gender, and weight class. Athletes age 16 and up are eligible to compete in bench press, deadlift, squat, or a combination of these events.
In each event, the powerlifter is given three attempts to lift the heaviest weight possible. The heaviest successful attempt in each event is counted. For combination events, the best lifts from each event are added together to determine the lifter’s total.
Training to be a powerlifter is a communal event with athletes growing together and encouraging each other. Athletes who have been training for years love to share what a positive and rewarding experience it has been. New athletes are always welcome to stop by and learn more about powerlifting to see if it may be a good fit for them.