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.
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