Special Olympics power lifting is about much more than squats, bench presses and dead lifts. 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 power lifters are eligible to compete in three lifts: the bench press, the dead lift 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 power lifting.