Powerlifting became an official Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) sport in 1990 at the Summer Games and includes competitions such as the bench press, dead lift, and the squat. 

Powerlifting includes three basic lifts: the squat, the bench press and the dead lift.

Athletes are first classified by weight and then divided by ability. Men and women can participate in all powerlifting events.

Single event competitions are the bench press, squat and dead lift.

Athletes who train and compete in more than one event have the option of competing in a combination event. This combines lift totals from the bench press and dead lift for a combination total score or totals from the three lifts for a triple combination total score.

SONC Summer Games takes place in Raleigh the first weekend in June.

Southeast Regional Powerlifting is hosted by Special Olympics Georgia. Local programs are responsible for all travel and housing costs for this event. For more information, please contact Andrea Stamm.


Sport Development Team

These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the athletics sport development team, contact one of the members below or Andrea Stamm, SONC staff liaison.

Richard Frazier, SDT Director
Wilson, NC

Jim Hollis
Raleigh, NC

Nelda Newton
Nebo, NC

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All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.

Summer Games Sport Registration Forms

Local program coordinators should submit entries along with the remainder of the Summer Games registration.  Click here for a full list of Summer Games registration forms. Sport registration forms are as follows:

Southeast Powerlifting Registration Forms

This event will take place at the Cobb Civic Center in Marietta, GA on January 12-14, 2018. Please complete the following registration forms and send to by November 7th, 2017.

Certified Clinician

In addition to the sport development team, these volunteers are able to conduct local sport specific training schools on behalf of SONC. For more information on becoming a certified clinician, contact Andrea Stamm.