Powerlifting

Physical Strength

Every athlete aims in lifting more weights than the opponent using specific moves. In Special Olympics Powerlifting is much more than deadlift, squat or bench press. It is effort, persistence, and loyalty. Training, determination, and attitude, are the key facts that define the balance between a successful or a failed attempt. The barbell, despite testing the physical strength, is also highlighting the athlete’s inner wish to improve, “not to make compromises.”

The International Powerlifting Federation, which is the international governing body for the sport of powerlifting, has been supporting Special Olympics lifters for years. In April 2013, the IPF and Special Olympics agreed to work together to grow the sport worldwide for people with intellectual disabilities. For example, Special Olympics athletes competed in the 2013 Women’s and Men’s World Masters Powerlifting Championships in Orlando, Florida, USA. The IPF has agreed to share its expertise in Special Olympics powerlifting skills workshops.

Resources

Training and Coach Resources: Special Olympics International

Powerlifting Events

  • Individual (Men & Women)
    • Deadlift
    • Squat
    • Bench Press

Number of Competitors and Coaches

Athletes: 32

Coaches and Mission Staff: 10

Communities Competing

  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Grande Prairie
  • Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat

Special Olympics Divisioning: Competitions with a Difference

In each division, the goal is to compose matches of athletes whose abilities and skills are close to one another.

Special Olympics sports competitions are based on the idea that athletes of all abilities should be given an equal chance of succeeding, whether it is a personal best or a gold medal.

Special Olympics calls this competition-level matching “divisioning.” It’s a fundamental rule at Special Olympics that athletes in competitions are matched up with others of the same gender, about the same age and most importantly, of about the same competitive ability.

Evening out by skill level and matching for age and gender makes Special Olympics events more exciting and meaningful for the athletes and the fans watching.

Divisioning is a two-stage process. Before each competition, a time, score or skill assessment is submitted for each athlete or team. For events that are not timed or measured, such as football and badminton, there is a series of short games between athletes or teams or an assessment of each athlete or team’s ability by a committee.. The divisions are then set up based on the information on each athlete’s skill level so that each set of competitors is closely matched.

Venue: Family Leisure Center

Venue For: Bocce, Powerlifting, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Info Booth, FLC Healthy Athletes.

 

Address: 2000 Division Ave N, Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1X9

Hours:
Monday 6AM–9PM
Tuesday 6AM–9PM
Wednesday 6AM–9PM
Thursday 6AM–9PM
Friday 6AM–8PM
Saturday 12–8PM
Sunday 12–6PM

Phone: (403) 502-8566

 

Medicine Hat Family Leisure Center

Bocce, Powerlifting, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Info Booth, FLC Healthy Athletes.

Address: 2000 Division Ave N, Medicine Hat, AB T1C 1X9

Hours:
Monday 6AM–9PM
Tuesday 6AM–9PM
Wednesday 6AM–9PM
Thursday 6AM–9PM
Friday 6AM–8PM
Saturday 12–8PM
Sunday 12–6PM

Phone: (403) 502-8566