- Published on 27 February 2015
Special Olympics Powerlifting is about much more than squats, bench presses and deadlifts. It is about barriers, perseverance and success. Training, determination and attitude determine the fine line between success and failure.
The bar may test an athlete's physical abilities, but an internal desire to improve — to not settle for less — is the drive behind the strain and dedication of the sport. Special Olympics powerlifters are eligible to compete in three lifts: the bench press, the deadlift and the squat, or in combinations.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender. Note that Special Olympics athletes must be 16 years of age before competing in powerlifting.
- Powerlifting was introduced to Special Olympics in 1983.
- The 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games powerlifting event had a total of 203 athletes representing 22 Special Olympics Programs in the squat, bench press, deadlift and combination feats.
- The 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games powerlifting event in Dublin, Ireland, had a total of 129 competitors representing more than 20 Special Olympics Programs.
- Today 14,519 Special Olympics athletes from 71 Programs compete in Special Olympics powerlifting.
- Powerlifting was not featured at MENA Regional Games however two Egyptian athletes competed in powerlifting at 2003 Special Olympics World Games in Dublin, Ireland.
- Bench Press
- Deadlift Combination (Bench Press and Deadlift) or
- Combination (Bench Press, Deadlift, and Squat)